Pakistan Spinner Saeed Ajmal Announces Retirement

"I am quitting all forms of cricket after the current National Twenty20 Cup", Ajmal said.

Hafeez's action was reported for a second time last month.

The 40-year-old will retire as one of Pakistan's top wicket-takers in worldwide cricket.

Pakistani bowler Saeed Ajmal celebrates after taking the wicket of Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara during the final match of the Asia Cup one-day cricket tournament between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on March 8, 2014.

Having made his debut at 30, Ajmal's short but extremely successful career saw him reach the top of the ODI and T20 worldwide rankings while he was also an equally potent force in the Test format. The Faislabad born is known for his bowling display against the England series in UAE back in 2012 where he took 24-wickets, giving Pakistan a famous win over the then number one side. But it was his bowling action which always remained under the scanner. The second time he was reported for his action was in August 2014 and that was the killer blow for Ajmal, who was subsequently banned from bowling in global cricket.

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.

Ajmal played his final ODI and T20I matches on the 2015 tour of Bangladesh ending with 184 wickets in fifty over internationals and 85 scalps in the shortest worldwide format.

Pakistan's discarded off-spinner on Monday announced that he would be retiring from all forms of cricket after the end of the ongoing National Twenty20 tournament in Rawalpindi. The spin-wizard could never comeback and weave his magic with the new action which left him with no option but to bid adieu to the game. Ajmal was a major pillar in the Pakistan line-up under the captaincy of Misbah-ul-Haq.



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