Saeed Ajmal set for retirement at end of month

Saeed Ajmal has picked 444 international wickets across all the formats
Saeed Ajmal has picked 444 international wickets across all the formats
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Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has announced that he will retire from professional cricket at the end of the ongoing National T20 Cup this month.

The 40-year-old made his debut for Pakistan in the 50-over format in 2008 and went on to claim 184 wickets from 113 games while picking 85 wickets in the Twenty20 Internationals after playing 64 matches.

It was in 2009 against Sri Lanka in Galle, Ajmal made his debut in Test cricket and went on to snare 178 scalps from just 35 games while picking 10 five-wicket hauls and four 10-wicket hauls with best figures of 111 for 11.

His career though was stalled by a series of suspension for illegal bowling action. Even though he managed to get his action cleared in February 2015, he could not replicate the same success with Pakistan preferring Yasir Shah as their lead spinner.

"I am quitting all forms of cricket after the current National Twenty20 tournament," Ajmal told AFP.

"It was a highly satisfying career in which I achieved whatever goals I set for myself and helped the team win matches."

Ajmal won't be featuring in the upcoming edition of Pakistan Super League as well but will take a role as spin bowling coach of the Islamabad United franchise.

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