Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal announced that he will retire from all forms of cricket at the end of the ongoing National Twenty20 tournament.
Ajmal, who is representing Faisalabad region in the Cup, said he had made up his mind about retirement after being offered a role as a spin bowling coach for the third edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) with Islamabad United.
“I had decided this beforehand because I will be serving as a spin coaching with Islamabad in the PSL,” Ajmal told The Express Tribune. “I will do a press conference at the end of this tournament and will announce my retirement officially. Only four to five matches of this tournament are left. “No pressure from anyone”
“I am not doing this under any pressure from anyone,” he said. “This is my own decision. I have turned 40 now, I had to leave cricket one day, so I thought I should announce my retirement since the matches are being broadcasted live.”
Ajmal represented Pakistan in 35 Tests, bagging 178 wickets at a strike rate of 65.1 and an average of 28.10. He played 113 ODIs for Pakistan, most of them before he was asked to remodel his action, and bagged 184 wickets at an average of 22.72 with a strike rate of 32.6. In T20Is, he boasts 85 wickets in 64 matches.
#ISLU congratulates one of Pakistan’s greatest cricketers, @REALsaeedajmal on an amazing career. He will retire from playing all forms of cricket. Thank you for all the memories, now it’s time to impart your knowledge on youngsters at #ISLU. #UnitedWeWin #ThankYouJadugar pic.twitter.com/dkDgRhpbW6
— Islamabad United (@IsbUnited) November 14, 2017
As Saeed Ajmal announced his retirement cricket legends paid him a tribute in their own styles;
BEN DUCKETT CONGRATS SAEED AJMAL ON AN AMAZING CAREER;
— Ben Duckett (@BenDuckett1) November 14, 2017
HARSHA BHOGLE ALSO CONGRATS HIM BUT IN THE END HE MADE A BLUNDER 😛 JEALOUSY!!
Goodbye Saeed Ajmal and wish you well for a life beyond playing cricket. Loved watching you play because, forget talk of the action for now, you played with a smile.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 13, 2017
NEW PAKISTANI SUPERSTAR WAS SAD ON THE RETIREMENT OF SAEED AJMAL AS HE MENTIONED IN HIS TWEET 🙁
I am lucky to have played with @REALsaeedajmal at @isbunited. He taught me how to fight back when things don’t go your way. The way he silenced his critics over and over again is my inspiration. Now looking forward to his coaching. Thank you legend ☝🏽 pic.twitter.com/rrOSLowc8d
— Shadab Khan (@76Shadabkhan) November 14, 2017
PCB CHAIRMAN NAJAM SETHI THANKED SAEED AJMAL FOR HIS SERVICES 🙂
One of the modern day greats of Pakistan cricket, Thank you for your services Saeed Ajmal, the spin wizard will be remembered for long!
— Najam Sethi (@najamsethi) November 14, 2017
AND THIS IS WHAT OTHER PEOPLE TWEETED ABOUT SAEED AJMAL
The most entertaining & full of life @REALsaeedajmal a real champ! Matchwinner & team man,congratulations to him on a fantastic career,deseves the best farewell.
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) November 13, 2017
The ICC rules have spoiled our magician @REALsaeedajmal imagine where would he be standing if didn’t remodel his bowling action
— Fazeela Saba (@FazeelaSaba1) November 13, 2017
@REALsaeedajmal Congrats on an outstanding career Saeed Bhai Certainly created me many sleepless nights. A wonderful character and all the best in your new path.
— Brendan Taylor (@BrendanTaylor86) November 14, 2017
@REALsaeedajmal thank you for all ur services for 🇵🇰 cricket,dominated world of cricket many years..all the best for the future mr MAGICIAN 🎩
— sohail tanveer (@sohailmalik614) November 14, 2017
Good luck @REALsaeedajmal for your future with your family, may you live happily. You have been a wonderful and match winning player for Pakistan.
Wishing you all the best for #PSL3 as a coach..#Cricket #HERO #sports
— Junaid khan 83 (@JunaidkhanREAL) November 14, 2017
— Hasan Ali (@RealHa55an) November 14, 2017
— Azhar Mahmood (@AzharMahmood11) November 14, 2017