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End of the road for Ajmal

13th November 2017, 16:22 by Jack Ogalbe

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal says he will retire from cricket at the end of his country's T20 domestic competition.

The 40-year-old was quizzed on his future at the start of the year but insisted he was not thinking about calling it a day, despite a difficult few years where he has been forced to remodel his action.

Having spent time out through suspension, Ajmal reinvented himself in the shorter formats of the game but struggled to establish himself in the Pakistan squad, making what turned out to be his final appearance in 2015.

The spinner had previously taken 178 wickets in 35 Tests, most famously recording match figures of 10-147 against South Africa in 2013, while he also grabbed 10-wicket hauls in Tests against the West Indies, England and Zimbabwe.

However, he has now revealed that his current stint with Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League will bring the curtain down on his career, admitting he is keen to bow out on his own terms.

"I am quitting all forms of cricket after the current National Twenty20 tournament," Ajmal told AFP. "It was a highly satisfying career in which I achieved whatever goals I set for myself and helped the team win matches."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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