Saeed Ajmal Biography
Saeed Ajmal is a former Cricketer from Pakistan who has been a vital cog in the Pakistan team for a long time. He was born on 14th October 1977 in the Faisalabad region of the Pakistan Province in Punjab. He has been the mainstay for his Faisalabad side in the Domestic Circuit.
Ajmal has taken many batsmen into a shell with his effective off breaks. He is also a useful contributor with the bat lower in the order. In this impeccable career, Ajmal has played 229 matches and has 349 wickets under his belt at an average of 24.49. It was on 13th November 2017 when Ajmal drew the curtains on his illustrious career.
A modern-day off-spinner, with a great pedigree who relies on the doosra as much as on other variations of flight and speed, Ajmal made a relatively late entry into international cricket, at the dawn of 30, but left no stones unturned to be regarded among the best spinners in the game today. In the honor of his services for the country he received Sitara-e-Imtiaz by President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain on 23 March 2015, it is the third highest civilian award of Pakistan.
He made his debut in the Asia Cup of 2008 against India and he impressed one and all with the amount of turn that he generated. His excellent show in the T20 World Cup earned him a call-up to the Test squad for the tour to Sri Lanka. He excelled immediately by picking up 14 wickets in three matches.
He demonstrated his exceptional abilities during the 2009 T20 World Cup in England. Ajmal Bamboozled the batsmen with his off-spin and doosra, he finished the tournament as the joint second highest wicket taker with 12 wickets. His exploits, along with Shahid Afridi's all-round brilliance helped Pakistan lift the trophy.
He continued to excel in the shorter format of the game. He picked up 4/26 to knock South Africa out of the competition in the 2010 T20 World Cup. In Tests, he picked up his first five-wicket haul against England in 2010 when he picked up 5/82. He contributed with the bat by scoring a gritty half-century. Ajmal has grown from strength to strength and had an outstanding Test series in the West Indies. In the two-match series, he picked up 20 wickets, including his first ever 10 wicket hauls at Guyana.
In 2009, the ICC called him for suspect action, but he was soon cleared from it and he continued to trouble the batsmen, with his bagful of tricks.
In the semi-final during the 2010 T20 World Cup against Australia was a nightmarish experience. Michael Hussey stamped his authority over Ajmal and clubbed him for three humongous sixes in the final over bowled by him to win a cliff-hanger.
He has been a part of teams like Faisalabad Wolves, Dhaka Gladiators and Adelaide Strikers in various T20 leagues across the world.
On 13 November 2017, Ajmal announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. On 29 November 2017, he played his final match, playing for Faisalabad against the Lahore Whites, in the semi-finals of the National T20 Cup.