Pakistan's magical off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has announced on Monday his retirement from all forms of cricket, two years after losing his wicket-taking bite with a remodeled bowling action that was twice deemed illegal.
Ajmal, who made a late entry into worldwide cricket at the age of 29, quickly became one of the finest cricketers for Pakistan as also among the most potent spinners in the early 2010s.
Ajmal enjoyed a successful start to his career and went on to play 35 Tests taking 178 wickets at an average of 28.10, one of his most memorable performances came against the Proteas at Newlands where his 10/147 very almost inspired what would have been a famous victory for Pakistan. "It was a highly satisfying career in which I achieved whatever goals I set for myself and helped the team win matches".
Having made his debut at 30, Ajmal's short but extremely successful career saw him reach the top of the ODI and T20 worldwide rankings while he was also an equally potent force in the Test format. Recently, Hafeez was also reported for the suspected bowling action during the series against Sri Lanka.
But in spite of his early successes, Ajmal said the last two years of his career had been frustrating.
Saeed Ajmal was highly satisfied with the way his global career panned out but has expressed that he was frustrated and hurt with the ban on his action.
"More hurtful was that current player Stuart Broad questioned that and his comments hurt me no end. But I have forgiven everyone".
Referring to fellow spinner Mohammad Hafeez, Ajmal criticised the process of evicting bowlers for illegal action.
The 40-year-old hinted that he might go for coaching in the future.
Having turned 40 last month and with no options left, Ajmal has finally made a decision to bring an end to his cricketing career.