As a result of the first semi final of National T20 Cup Faisalabad ended its journy as they lost to Lahore Whites by 10 runs. This match also ended the cricket career of former test cricketer and star off spin bowler Saeed Ajmal
Under the leadership of Saeed Ajmal, Faisalabad had an impressive campaign in National T20 Cup and qualified for the semi-finals. However, the team lost a close contest against the torunament favoities Lahore Whites.
— Rai M. Azlan (@Mussanaf) November 29, 2017
After the match members of Lahore Whites and Faisalabad team gave a sent off to the off spinner and it was an emotional sight. In post match press conferce, Saeed Ajmal looked glum and had teary eyes. In his media statement he thanks Pakistan Cricket Board, his fellow cricketers and his family for the support and appreciation. He also expressed that he is dejected because PCB did not contest his case at international level properly.
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
Saeed Ajmal made his international cricket debut in 2007 at the age of 31. He was part of 2009 World T20 winning squad, and he along with Mohammad Hafeez and Shahid Afridi established the ministry of spin that dominated the bowling attack of Pakistan in early 2010s.
Saeed Ajmal topped the ICC T20I and ODI ranking for his bowling perfromances. However, in September 2014 he was banned from bowling as his bowling action was declared illegal.
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
To remodel his action he worked with former Test cricketer Saqlain Mushtaq. After getting his bowling action cleared he did only one appearance for the national side but due to an inefective bowling performance he was dropped and did not get any national call since then.
End of an amazing career!@REALsaeedajmal has retired from all forms of cricket, in has last match he ended up with figures of 1/13 in his 4 overs. Pakistan & #ISLU are indebted to your services, Champion. We are proud to have him in our coaching staff!#ThankYouAjmal pic.twitter.com/LQSoTRdlNH
— Islamabad United (@IsbUnited) November 29, 2017
Saeed Ajmal bagged 184 wickets in 113 ODIs at an average of 22.72. In Tests he picked 178 wickets, whereas, in T20Is he claimed 85 wickets.