Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal on retiring from all forms of cricket: Ban hurt me

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal announced his retirement from all forms of cricket yesterday, two years after losing his wicket-taking bite with a remodeled bowling action that was twice deemed illegal.

Saeed Ajmal
Saeed Ajmal

During a successful but controversial career, Ajmal was once celebrated as the world's number one bowler in ODIs and Twenty20 cricket, and was almost as successful in Tests, but his time in the limelight was cut short after a temporary ban for chucking saw him return to the sport in 2015 without the same form. "I am quitting all forms of cricket after the current National T20," Ajmal told AFP.

"It 's been a highly satisfying career," added Ajmal, who took 178 wickets in 35 Tests, the last at Galle in 2014, where his action was reported for a second time. "The ban on my action left me frustrated and hurt. It seems the process was only for me and (Mohd) Hafeez, all other bowlers with questionable actions are still playing."

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