Veteran Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Monday.
When he does leave, he will do so as one of Pakistan's most successful spinners. The career graph of Ajmal is basically dissected into two halves, i.e., before and after his action being deemed illegal. "I am thankful to all my fellow players, mostly to Misbah-ul-Haq for his confidence in me, and all my friends and family", the spinner said.
In his worldwide career, Ajmal picked 184 wickets in 113 ODIs, 178 wickets in 35 Tests, and 85 wickets in 64 T20I. Ajmal, however, is likely to remain the bowling coach of Islamabad United in Pakistan Super League.
His most memorable phase came in 2012 when he bagged 24 wickets in three Tests and helped Pakistan win the series 3-0. He was equally important in the white-ball formats, an important part of successful sides until 2011, and nearly a solitary burden-bearer in the less successful sides thereafter.
Ajmal feels that he is running out of time to go out on his own terms and admitted that the tail-end of his career was frustrating. But it was when he was reported in August 2014, at the peak of his powers, that his worldwide career was effectively over.
At the time he was banned, he was the No 1 ODI bowler in the world, and in the top ten of both Test and T20 rankings.
He also lamented about Pakistan Cricket Board's indifference towards legends.
England fast bowler Stuart Broad raised questions about the legality of Ajmal's action when he was featuring in a county championship. He returned for ODIs and T20Is with a remodeled action in 2015 but was not as effective and never played a Test since August 2014.