RAWALPINDI: Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal hung his boots after an illustrious career that spanned 22 years came to an end following his side’s defeat against Lahore Blues in the semi finals of National T20 Cup.
Thank you for your services @realsaeedajmal Your fans will always remember your smiling face and never-say-die spirit. You always wore the Green with a great sense of pride. ? pic.twitter.com/KSAaGh3DjO
— PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) November 29, 2017
Ajmal, who was captaining Faisalabad region in this year’s National T20 Cup, announced his retirement a day after the Pakistan Super League (PSL) draft ceremony. “I will respect the commitments I have made with teams this season,” he had said. Ajmal reiterated that he wants to be known as someone who played on merit and not due to nepotism.
Saeed Ajmal receiving a guard of honour from both sides, thanks fans as he retires from cricket after #NationalT20Cup semi-final between Faisalabad and Lahore Whites. #Cricket pic.twitter.com/5SjXh5A5MH
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) November 29, 2017
Ajmal was given a guard of honor by both teams after Faisalabad’s 10 run loss to Lahore Whites. In an emotional speech after the game, Ajmal thanked his family for supporting in tough times. While talking about the ban on his bowling action and the way he remodeled it, he criticized International Cricket Council (ICC) for setting standards that could only be followed by 10 % of bowlers around the world.
Saying Good Bye always very hard and emotional ? Thank You @REALsaeedajmal for your services for Pakistan .It was Joy to watch you in our Era and we will remember that England Whites Wash .#SaeedAjmal pic.twitter.com/NxrJ83hcLv
— Abdul Ghaffar (@GhaffarDawnNews) November 29, 2017
In his final game, the wily off-spinner fittingly finished with match figures of 1-13 in his quota of four overs against a batting heavy Lahore Whites. Faisalbad crumbled in pursuit of the