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Saeed Ajmal Profile I Pakistani Cricketer I Cricketfile

About Saeed Ajmal

Saeed Ajmal is a prominent Pakistani cricketer. The renowned cricketer is known for his glorious achievements in the history of Pakistani cricket. He was born on October 14, 1977, in Faisalabad, Punjab.

He is a right-handed batsman and right-arm off-break bowler. Saeed is a cricket coach and former cricketer. He has played all forms of matches showing his true dedication and determination towards the game.

Ajmal has won man of the match in two test matches and one title in T20 format. Ajmal’s cricket career in the Test arena varies from 2009-2014. He started his ODI career in 2008 and discontinued it in 2015. Ajmal was also a crucial part of the Pakistani international team in the 2011 World Cup. Although Saeed Ajmal entered into the cricketing realm quite late but he became highly successful in the shortest time lapse.

Saeed Ajmal is one of the notable spinners in Pakistan. His outbreak bowling in doosra and off-spinning style makes him the most credible bowler of the Pakistan team. He performed extraordinarily in the 2009 T20 World Cup in England. He finished this tournament by amassing 12 trophies.

The club career highlights of Saeed include his contribution to teams such as Faisalabad Wolves, Dhaka Gladiators and Adelaide Strikers. Ajmal has collected 184 wickets in ODI. He has also earned 178 wickets in the test format and 85 wickets in the T20 area.

One of the glorious records of Saeed Ajmal includes scoring 50 wickets in 2011 in Tests format. He is also the second-fastest Pakistani bowler to earn 100 wickets in Tests. 2015 was the last year when Saeed Ajmal was seen actively playing.

On 13 November 2017, Saeed retired from all the formats of cricket but left a glorious legacy behind. Saeed Ajmal is still one of the most praised and highly recognized Pakistani cricketers in the national and international domain.

Domestic Career

Saeed Ajmal doesn’t only own a glorious international career but a gleaming domestic career too. He has played all forms of the game in his entire career. Saeed made his debut in domestic cricket in 1995 at the age of 18 and represented Faisalabad and won the 2005 ABN-AMRO Twenty-20 Cup, and he was declared as Man of the match.

Ajmal was named the tournament’s best bowler for his extraordinary performance in the whole game. He also got prize money of Rs 25,000. He also played for Khan Research Laboratories, who were runners-up in the final of 2008/09 Quaid-i-Azam Trophy unfortunately his team lost the final, Azmal took 5/105 and 2/55 and collected a total of 250 first-class wickets. Ajmal has also played some matches for Islamabad. He has been a phenomenal player throughout his domestic journey.

International Career

Saeed Ajmal is one of the finest bowlers of Pakistan and has always given tough competition to opponent teams. He has played many match-winning innings throughout his international career. From November 2011 to December 2014 International Cricket Council ranked him as the number one bowler in ODIs. Saeed debuted in ODIs against India on 2 July 2008.

He has a lot of achievements in his career. He is the 5th fastest player to hit 150 wickets in test matches; Saeed has the best career economy rate with an economy of (6.36). Also, Ajmal was the oldest player to take a maiden five wickets in an innings in his one-day internationals. He was the 5th player to take most wickets on a single ground (19) in 20 internationals. And the 3rd player to take the most wickets in a calendar in one-day internationals and many more records.

Saeed Ajmal has always given his best when he is on the field and helps his team win matches with his magical spell of bowling. He earned endeavours and fame through cricket. He has his academy named Saeed Ajmal International Cricket Academy in Faisalabad, Punjab, in which he gives training to the upcoming cricketers of Pakistan. Saeed Ajmal also holds a record of 10 wickets haul. He took ten wickets against England’s 1st test in 2012. He also grabbed six wickets against West Indies 2nd test in 2011. Some of his best-known match-winning innings came against Australia when he took ten wickets in the ODI series 2012 and snatched victory from Aussies.

Ajmal also contributed with his batting skills which helped Pakistan in winning under pressure games. He holds the ability to take his team to the winning side with his excellent bowling skills. He played the role of a backbone in the Pakistan cricket team for several years by putting enormous efforts from his side. Saeed always dominated batters with his off-spin bowling.

Ajmal bowled 1430 bowls in his twenty 20 internationals. Saeed Ajmal also owns the record for most runs in an inning by batting at no 11 positions. His best bowling average in Test matches is 22.72, and his best economy rate in an inning is 0.85. His records are immeasurable in the cricket field. He is one of the toughest bowlers globally, and his contribution towards his teams is worth praising.

Saeed Ajmal ruled the cricket horizon when he was at the peak level of his career. He played his last ODI against Bangladesh at Dhaka on 19 April 2015 and then said goodbye to his ODI career. He was one of the hard-working players of the Pakistani team. He always tried to give his 100 percent in matches, but due to his bowling action, Saeed got a ban from Pakistan Cricket Board for a long time.

When Saeed made his comeback, he lost his old charm, and after some time, he decided to retire and now runs his academy of cricket in his hometown.

Test Debut

Saeed Ajmal is undoubtedly one of the most talented bowlers of Pakistan. He made his Test debut on 4 July 2009 against Sri Lanka. He played a total of 64 matches in T20, in which he amassed a total of 84 wickets with an economy of 6.36 and an average of 17.8.

His overall Test career is exemplary and appreciable. Saeed Ajmal has achieved many milestones in his entire cricket career.  His stats in Test cricket are pretty fantastic. Even today, when he is off from cricket, his contribution to a Test pattern for the Pakistani team is cherished and reminisced.

ODI Debut

Saeed Ajmal is known by the nickname ‘Magician. His contribution to the National Pakistan Team has been pretty terrific especially in the One Day International area. He made his ODI debut on 2 July 2008 against India. In his ODI debut,  he shocked everyone with his fantastic spell of bowling.

Saeed Ajmal has played a total of 113 matches in ODIs and clinched 184 wickets with an economy of 4.18 and an average of 22.7 and unlocked many achievements in his career. Saeed Ajmal’s overall ODI cricket career is outstanding and worth praising.

T20 Debut

Saeed Ajmal debuted in the T20 realm in 2009 on 7 May with cap 31. His debut was against Australia. Since his debut, only he created a firm whack in the T20 region. In the shortest career span, he proved to be the most economical bowler.

His off-spinning bowling style created a magical aura. He proved to be a significant threat to the batters with his amazing bowling style. The level of bowling Pakistani cricket team reached whole new heights under Saeed Ajmal. He has been an exceptionally amazing player in the T20  horizons.

Saeed Ajmal Last Test Match

Saeed Ajmal’s last test match took place on 16 January 2014 against Sri Lanka.

He also debuted in Test cricket format against Sri Lanka. He is one of the talented bowlers in Pakistan. Ajmal has always given his best for his team when it comes to Test matches.

Saeed Ajmal Last ODI Match

Saeed Ajmal is quite a prominent off-spinner bowler in the One Day Internationals domain from Pakistan. He played his last ODI match on 19 April 2015 against Bangladesh. His ODI  jersey number is 50. His achievements in the ODI  format are pretty outstanding and worth admiring.

Saeed Ajmal Last T20 Match

Saeed Ajmal’s contribution to the T20 matches has been unmatched. He played his last T20 on 24 April 2015 against Bangladesh. Currently, Ajmal has taken retirement from all formats of cricket, and now he gives training to the youngsters of Pakistan in his cricket academy located in Faisalabad.

Saeed Ajmal Retirement

Saeed Ajmal is a well-known personality in the cricket world, and his contribution to Pakistani cricket is immeasurable. But, every hero has an ending. In Saeed’s case, when he got banned from international cricket due to his illegal bowling action and made his comeback in international cricket, he was not in good form as he was earlier.

Ajmal did not give his best performance as he lost his previous charm and confidence, and then he decided to retire. On 13 November 2017, Saeed Ajmal announced that he would no longer play any form of cricket. He said in his Youtube video that ICC didn’t care about any Pakistani bowler, so they banned him.

On 13 November, he played his last match, he played for Faisalabad against Lahore Whites in the Semifinals of 2017-18 National T20 Cup. After that match ended, he declared his retirement from all formats of cricket. It was a historical moment in cricket as Ajmal took his retirement after serving his nation for many years.

He was an inspiration for many cricket fans as they have witnessed his match-winning innings. ICC banned Ajmal in 2014 because he used ‘DOOSRA’ basically; it’s a delivery that off-spin bowlers used to confuse the batsmen. A Pakistani player introduced the term Doosra, and further, many bowlers adapted this style of bowling.

Later on, ICC banned it by saying that it is illegal to straighten their arm more than 15 degrees. Saeed criticizes ICC’s protocols to assess his bowling action as he faced a dip in his performance.

He retired with a heavy heart. Ajmal also got disappointed when Pakistan Cricket Board did not help him in his case. But we all have to admit that he has been an incredible player. He has established a magical aura in the Pakistani cricket realm.

Saeed Ajmal Bowling Action

Saeed Ajmal is an off-spinner and indeed a great bowler of his era. But, according to analysis, his bowling action was found illegal. Due to this, the Pakistan Cricket Board banned him from bowling in international cricket, which proved as the bitter turning point of Ajmal’s cricket career.

Saeed Ajmal Wickets

Saeed Ajmal is a magnificent bowler of the Pakistan team. He holds prestigious records. Saeed has also created history by his performance in the cricket world. He has 184 wickets in ODIs, 85 wickets in T20, and 178 wickets in test matches. He also owns a ten wickets haul.

 

 

 

 

 

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