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14-Nov-2017 01:54:00 GMT
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Saeed Ajmal to retire from all forms of cricket

Lahore: Controversial off-spinner spinner Saeed Ajmal is set to retire from all forms of cricket after the end of the ongoing National T20 tournament in Pakistan.

“This national event is my last tournament and I don’t want to be a burden on any team. The last phase was frustrating. But before anyone can raise a finger against my selection [in domestic matches], I want to leave and that’s my final decision”. Ajmal said during the mid-innings break at Rawalpindi during a tournament game, according to a report in Wisden India.

A late bloomer in international cricket, Ajmal, now 40, had to undergo the process of re-modelling his action in 2014, a move that greatly affected his wicket-taking prowess. Before the remodelling, Ajmal was one of the most sought-after spinners in world cricket, and from November 2011 to December 2014, was the No.1 bowler in ICC’s ODI rankings.

After being banned by the ICC for an illegal bowling action, he underwent a corrective program with Saqlain Mushtaq, but couldn’t recreate the magic of old, despite getting to feature in the 2015 World Cup.

In 35 Tests, Ajmal took 178 wickets, while in 113 ODIs and 64 T20Is, he took 184 and 85 wickets respectively. His last international game was a T20I against Pakistan at Dhaka in April 2015.

Career Statistics

Batting And Fielding Records
Type M Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Test 35 53 12 451 50 11.00 1082 41.68 - 1 44 4 11 -
ODI 113 70 24 324 33 7.04 535 60.56 - - 25 - 25 -
T20I 64 23 12 91 21* 8.27 86 105.81 - - 7 2 12 -
Bowling Records
Type M Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Eco SR 4W 5W 10W
Test 35 67 11592 5003 178 7/55 11/111 28.11 2.59 65.12 9 10 4
ODI 113 112 6000 4182 184 5/24 5/24 22.73 4.18 32.61 6 2 -
T20I 64 63 1430 1516 85 4/19 4/19 17.84 6.36 16.82 4 - -

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