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Saeed Ajmal to retire after National T20

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RAWALPINDI: Saeed Ajmal yesterday announced his retirement from all cricket at the end of the ongoing National Twenty20 tournament in Rawalpindi, two years after a remodeled bowling action rendered the off-spinner ineffective. Ajmal, who turned 40 last month, was left frustrated after his action was deemed illegal in 2014. Despite an intense corrective programme with former great Saqlain Mushtaq, he lost his wicket-taking ability. “This national event is my last tournament and I don’t want to be a burden on any team,” said Ajmal during the innings break. With his remodeled action, Ajmal played two One-Day Internationals in Bangladesh soon after the 2015 World Cup but was unimpressive with figures of 0 for 74 and 1 for 49. His last international was a Twenty20 game was in Dhaka on the same tour, where he finished with 0 for 25 in 3.2 overs. He was not selected by the selectors after the tour, which left him frustrated as he criticised the Pakistan Cricket Board for not giving him a chance to represent the country again. Despite questions over the legality of his action, Ajmal enjoyed a successful run at the international level, helping Pakistan become invincible on their neutral venues in the United Arab Emirates. “The last phase was frustrating,” said Ajmal. “But before anyone can raise a finger against my selection (in domestic matches), I want to leave and that’s my final decision.”

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