Saeed Ajmal denies retirement rumours
Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal dismissed the rumours surrounding his retirement after a poor performance in the National Twenty20 Cup.
The veteran spinner lost his place in the national team after failing to prove effective with his remodeled action and was overlooked for Pakistan’s upcoming series against England.
In the ongoing National T20 Cup, Ajmal conceded 124 runs, while picking just two wickets in the four matches, which led to the speculation regarding his retirement.
However, Ajmal took to social media to quash the rumours surrounding his retirement.
After being banned from bowling by the International Cricket Council in August 2014, Ajmal made a re-entry six months later with a re-modelled action.
On his comeback in the One-Day International series against Bangladesh, Ajmal managed just one wicket in the two games, at an average of 123.
Despite losing out on the central contract, Ajmal received support from the chief selector, Haroon Rasheed, who expressed his willingness to give Ajmal another chance at the national level.
"It is never easy to change your bowling action after you have bowled with it and enjoyed success for so many years. We feel for Ajmal and the problems he must be going through," Rasheed told PTI.
"But at least he is trying and like I have said the doors are still open for him if he can show us his new action has also become effective," added Rasheed.
All news speculating about my retirement r wrong.I'm very positive,confident of gradually improving performance.I don't give up.#saeedisback— Saeed Ajmal (@REALsaeedajmal) September 15, 2015
In 212 matches, Ajmal has featured for Pakistan across all the formats, he has picked 447 wickets.
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