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I have no intention to quit - Saeed Ajmal

I have no intention to quit - Saeed Ajmal
Saeed Ajmal wants a second chance from the Pakistan Cricket Board.
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Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has asserted that he has no intention to quit from international cricket and is keen on making a comeback into the national side.

The 38-year-old, who was Pakistan’s leading spin bowler in the recent past, has a total of 178 Test wickets from 35 games and 184 One-Day International wickets from 113 matches.

However, Ajmal has found it tough to make a comeback into Pakistan’s line-up after remodelling his action and his last appearance for his country was in April 2015.

Earlier this week, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi tweeted that he will discuss with Ajmal and Shahid Afridi on giving the duo a “fitting send-off”.

However, Ajmal has refused to give up on his dreams of making a comeback into Pakistan’s limited-overs teams and believes that he deserves a second chance.

Ajmal further added that if he fails to perform after being handed a second chance, he will walk away from the game himself.

“I have no intention to quit one-day or Twenty20 cricket at the moment,” Ajmal told Dawn.

“I have worked really hard to stage a comeback and my performance in the National T20 Cup reflects that.

“I’ve proved my fitness in the T20 Cup. I should be given a chance. If I fail to perform, I will walk away myself.

“The Board doesn’t have a decent off-spinner in its entire domestic structure.”

Citing the example of West Indies’ Sunil Narine, Ajmal said that the PCB should give him another chance and has vowed to keep working hard in the domestic circuit until the selectors take notice.

“I have proved my form and fitness.

“I am not quitting and will keep on playing domestic cricket.

“I’ve played a key role in so many victories; the Board should give me a chance like the West Indies are giving to Sunil Narine.”

In the 2016 National Twenty20 Cup in Pakistan, Ajmal stood out as the best bowler with 20 wickets from nine games at an average of 11.00 for the tournament winner, Karachi Blues.

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