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Will quit if no longer needed for Pakistan - Saeed Ajmal

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has stated that he is ready to announce his retirement from international cricket if the selectors feel that he is no
Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has stated that he is ready to announce his retirement from international cricket if the selectors feel that he is no longer required for national duty.
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Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has stated that he is ready to announce his retirement from international cricket if the selectors feel that he is no longer required for national duty.

Ajmal, who was banned by the International Cricket Council for having an illegal bowling action last year, has found it difficult to sustain his place in the side after making a comeback with his remodelled action.

Having taken 178 wickets from just 35 Test matches, Ajmal was the pillar of the Pakistan bowling attack during the period between 2009 and 2014.

Urging the selectors to make their stand clear regarding his future, Ajmal stated that he will retire gracefully if he is no longer needed.

“I have always played on merit and my performances but if the Pakistan cricket board feels I can’t play for the national team anymore, I would request them to let me know so that I can than retire gracefully and with self-respect," he said.

“The PCB has also done a lot for me and supported me in my testing times all I want is a clear picture where I stand.”

Since making his international debut in 2008, Ajmal is the only spinner in the game to have taken 400 or more wickets across all formats.

Adding that he was always selected on merit, Ajmal stated that he is proud to have played the game with a lot of self-respect.

“I have never forced anyone to select me in the Pakistan team.

“If I perform well and impress the selectors (it is) fine.

“If they are not convinced, it is not a problem for me.

“I have always played my cricket with self-respect and pride and all I want is a proper chance to announce my retirement and thank all my well wishes and supporters."

After failing to impress with his remodelled action against Bangladesh, Ajmal opted to play for Worcestershire in English domestic cricket.

Revealing that he is taking part in the National Twenty20 Championship, Ajmal said he is also ready to undergo tests at the National Cricket Academy.

“If they want to test me out again at the NCA I am also ready for that.

“I am coming back to play in the national T20 championship main rounds and the selectors and people can decide whether I have improved as a bowler with my modified action or not.”

From the two One-Day Internationals Ajmal played in Bangladesh, he managed to pick up just one wicket, while he went wicketless in the solitary Twenty20 International.

The 37-year-old clarified that he still has a lot to offer to Pakistan cricket, while stating that he is much more confident with his new action.

“When I played against Bangladesh, I was still experimenting with my action but now things are different and I don’t think my career is over.

“I know I can still play a while for my country.”

Pakistan's next international assignment is a three-match Test series against England in the United Arab Emirates in October, a contest which they won 3-0 in 2012. 

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