Web Desk (November 13, 2017): Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Monday, two years after losing his wicket-taking bite with a remodeled bowling action that was twice deemed illegal.
During a successful but controversial career, Ajmal was once celebrated as the world’s number one bowler in one-day internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 cricket, and was almost as successful in Tests.
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He famously captured 24 wickets in three Tests against England in 2012.
But his time in the limelight was cut short after a temporary ban for chucking saw him return to the sport in 2015 without the same form.
He took just one wicket in two ODIs and a Twenty20 in Bangladesh, his first matches after being cleared to bowl, and was never selected for the national team again.
Ajmal took 178 wickets in 35 Tests, the last of which was at Galle in Sri Lanka in 2014, where his bowling action was reported for the second time. It was first reported during an ODI series against Australia in the UAE in 2009.He finished with 184 wickets in 113 ODIs, and 85 in 64 Twenty20 Internationals.
England fast bowler Broad questioned the legality of Ajmal’s action when the Pakistani spinner was featured in an English county championship a month before the umpires’ report in Sri Lanka.