New Delhi: 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. Ajmal, who remodelled his action two years ago after being termed illegal, failed to make his place in the team.
“This national event is my last tournament and I don’t want to be a burden on any team. I am highly satisfied with my career although the last two years were frustrating. The process of dealing with bowlers of illegal action seemed to be only for me and (Mohammad) Hafeez because there are a number of bowlers who are still playing with faulty actions,” Ajmal was quoted as saying by Wisden India.
“But before anyone can raise a finger against my selection (in domestic matches), I want to leave and that’s my final decision,” he added.
Ajmal last represented Pakistan in a T20I against Bangladesh in 2015.
“I have forgiven everyone, from Michael Vaughan and Stuart Broad because they were the ones who hurt me with their comments in 2014,” said Ajmal. “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.
Ajmal has played 35 Tests, 113 ODIs and 64 T20Is for Pakistan and was a proven match-winner across formats. The off-spinner ends with 178 wickets in Tests, 184 in ODIs and 85 in game’s shortest format.