Pakistan’s premier off-spinner Saeed Ajmal will retire from international cricket after the National T20-Cup. Ajmal is currently playing for Faisalabad in the competition and will make an official announcement on 26th November. Ajmal made his international debut for Pakistan in 2008 and quickly became the premier bowler for Pakistan across all three formats of the game.
Ajmal excelled in the longer format of the game as he collected 178 wickets from 35 games at an average of 28.10 for Pakistan. He has claimed five-wicket hauls on ten occasions and his numbers were truly impressive despite playing no game on home soil. He was a lynchpin in the bowling department for Pakistan in the one-day format as he picked up 184 wickets at an average of 22.7. The off-spinner had even better returns in the T20 format as he collected 85 wickets in his cricketing career.
The spinner was known for producing various tricks with the ball including his special Doosra that most batsmen found it tough to pick during this time. The spinner was not a big turner of the ball but got most of his wickets by bowling the Doosra rather conventional off-spin delivery. Ajmal suffered a terminal decline after being reported for suspected action in 2014. He was not able to rediscover as mojo as spinner after remodeled action made him largely ineffective.
Saeed Ajmal made his return to the national side against Bangladesh but did not take wickets in the series. He was eventually dropped from the side as spinners like Yasir Shah and Imad Wasim were able to cement their place in the side.
Islamabad United made an announcement that off-spinner will be the bowling coach for the franchise for the coming edition. United’s team management nominated Saeed Ajmal for the post as off-spinner was part of the side for the first two editions of Pakistan Super League.