Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, while formally announcing his retirement from all forms of cricket on Wednesday, complained that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had not fought his case well enough with the International Cricket Council (ICC) after he was suspended for having a questionable bowling action.
“PCB helped me in my career; but I am sorry to say that they did not fight my case well with the ICC when they suspended me,” Ajmal said while addressing a press conference.
Ajmal said that he believed the PCB should raise the matter of bowling actions with the ICC as Pakistan does not have many off-spinners left now.
Ajmal’s cricketing career ended with a defeat as Faisalabad — the team he represents in the domestic circuit — was defeated by Lahore Whites in the semi-final of the National T20 series on Wednesday.
The off-spinner performed well in the last outing of his career and conceded just 13 runs in his four overs while securing Raza Ali Dar’s all-important wicket.
At end of the match, players from both the teams lined up to bid farewell to the star off-spinner.
With tears in his eyes, Ajmal thanked his parents, wife and friends for supporting him throughout his career.
“I thank the PCB, my Club and the Faisalabad region for their support and encouragement throughout my career,” Ajmal said during his press conference.