"I am quitting all forms of cricket after the current National Twenty20 tournament," Ajmal told AFP from Rawalpindi on the phone. "It was a highly satisfying career in which I achieved whatever goals I set for myself and helped the team win matches."
Thank you for the memories @REALsaeedajmal, the Doosra, the Teesra, the Off-spinner, the never-say-die attitude with an ever present smile. We will always remember you! Stay strong and all the very best in your coaching career. pic.twitter.com/YjJz4OHGoW— PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) November 14, 2017
But in spite of his early successes, Ajmal said the last two years of his career had been frustrating. "Ban over action left me frustrated and hurt," he said. "More hurtful was that current player Stuart Broad questioned that and his comments hurt me no end. But I have forgiven everyone." England fast bowler Broad questioned the legality of Ajmal's action when the Pakistani spinner was featuring in an English county championship a month before the umpires' report in Sri Lanka.
Saeed Ajmal has announced retirement. He was the reason Pak beat Eng 3-0. Played a vital role in winning WT20, Asia Cup and making Pakistan first Asian side to win an ODI series in South Africa. Also a very honest man.— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) November 13, 2017
Ajmal took a swipe at the process of calling bowlers out for illegal action. "It seems that the process was meant for me and (Mohammad) Hafeez, all other bowlers with questionable actions are still playing," he said. Hafeez's action was reported for a second time last month. Ajmal said he will concentrate on coaching in the future.
One of the modern day greats of Pakistan cricket, Thank you for your services Saeed Ajmal, the spin wizard will be remembered for long!— Najam Sethi (@najamsethi) November 14, 2017
#ISLU congratulates one of Pakistan’s greatest cricketers, @REALsaeedajmal on an amazing career. He will retire from playing all forms of cricket. Thank you for all the memories, now it’s time to impart your knowledge on youngsters at #ISLU. #UnitedWeWin #ThankYouJadugar pic.twitter.com/dkDgRhpbW6— Islamabad United (@IsbUnited) November 14, 2017