Saeed Ajmal will retire from all forms of cricket and the ongoing National T20 Cup will be his last tournament as a player, the off-spinner confirmed on Wednesday during the first semi-final between Faisalabad and Lahore Whites.
Ajmal, who is leading Faisalabad in the eight-team tournament being held in Rawalpindi, returned 1/13 in his four overs that restricted the Salman Butt-led Lahore Whites to 142.
“I will retire from all forms of cricket with the end of this tournament and wish to leave with the National T20 Cup trophy in my hands,” Ajmal said in an interview to PTV Sports during the match. “I want to give time to my family now and work on my cricket academy to nurture young cricketers.”
Earlier in the tournament Ajmal had alluded towards retirement. The 40-year-old bowler had said: “I will be leaving cricket soon and this [National T20 Cup] tournament might be my last tournament as a player. I don’t want to be portrayed as a product of favouritism. I want to leave the game on good terms.”
Once a match-winner for Pakistan, Ajmal had been out of contention for the national side since he remodelled his action in 2015 for having an extension of more than 15 degrees in his bowling arm – which is deemed illegal by the ICC.
He was recently appointed as a bowling consultant by Islamabad United, the inaugural champions of the PSL.
Ajmal has 447 wickets to his name in 212 international matches across all formats.
As he bids farewell to cricket, here are 5?? Saeed Ajmal moments that won our hearts. pic.twitter.com/5g7iHD6HSt— Cricingif (@_cricingif) November 21, 2017