Saeed Ajmal    AFP
Saeed Ajmal AFP

Legendary off-spinner Saeed Ajmal is set to retire from all forms of cricket after the conclusion of the ongoing National T20 Cup Pakistan’s domestic T20 event. Playing for Faisalabad, the 40-year-old is likely to officially make a statement after November 26, the day the tournament ends.

Ajmal’s Test career stretched from July 2009 to April 2015. In 35 matches he scalped 178 wickets at 28.10, including 10 five-wicket hauls. These numbers are more incredible if one remembers that he never played a Test on home soil. He was more effective in the limited-overs formats, taking 184 wickets at 22.7 in ODIs and 85 wickets at 17.8 in T20Is.

Ajmal often beat the batsmen in the air, making subtle variations in pace. He in fact was not a huge turner of the ball. He either got wickets with the deliveries that hold their line or the one that spins the other way famously called the doosra.

Ajmal’s career went on a downward spiral when he was reported for suspect action in 2014. He remodelled it and made a comeback in ODIs in 2015, but he was nowhere close to his best.

Ajmal, however, is likely to remain bowling coach of Islamabad United in Pakistan Super League.