Saeed Ajmal | Family Pics, Age, Biography, Education, Height, Weight, Wedding, Wife, Wiki, Scandal & More
Born: October 14, 1977 (age 40), Faisalabad, Pakistan
Test debut (cap 195): 4 July 2006 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 171): 2 July 2008 v India
Last ODI: 19 April 2015 v Bangladesh
Bowling: Right-arm off break
T20I debut (cap 31): 7 May 2009 v Australia
Saeed Ajmal (Punjabi, Urdu: سعید اجمل; born 14 October 1977) is a Pakistani cricketer. He is a right-arm off-spin bowler who bats right handed.
At domestic level in Pakistan he has represented Faisalabad, with whom he won the 2005 ABN-AMRO Twenty-20 Cup; Khan Research Laboratories; and Islamabad. Ajmal made his One Day International debut for Pakistan in July 2008 at the age of 30, and a year later played his first Test. In 2009 he was reported for having a suspect bowling action, but after being cleared he helped Pakistan win the 2009 ICC World Twenty20. Ajmal played for Worcestershire as an overseas player in English domestic cricket in 2011. From November 2011 to December 2014, Ajmal has been ranked by the International Cricket Council as the number one bowler in ODIs. In December 2014, Sunil Narine took the first position of ODI from him, throwing him to the 2nd position. He is ranked at number four in ICC ranking of bowlers in T20Is, while his current ICC test bowler ranking is number 9. He is one of four test bowlers that made their debut after the age of thirty to take more than 100 test wickets, along with Clarrie Grimmett, Dilip Doshi and Ryan Harris.
On 28 January 2012, in his 20th Test, Ajmal became the quickest Pakistani to take 100 test wickets. He holds the record of leading wicket taker (85) in Twenty20 International cricket before Shahid Afridi broke this record (97). He was signed by Adelaide Strikers for the 2012 Big Bash League in Australia.
In 2014 he was banned by the ICC because of an illegal bowling action. Saqlain Mushtaq is currently working with Ajmal to correct his bowling action.
On 27 December 2014, Saeed Ajmal withdrew his name from the Pakistani World Cup squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 after he was unable to rectify his bowling action.
In the honour 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.
On 13 November 2017, Ajmal announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
When Saeed Ajmal, made his debut for Pakistan, there was not much excitement around it. This was a disastrous period for Pakistan cricket. Horrendous performance in the World Cup 2007, death of their long time (by Pakistani standards) coach, and internal wrangling for captaincy, 4 to 5 players were jostling within the team to become captain. There were Quran per qasmien, there were over stated revolts and eventually, it led to Misbah becoming captain. However, during the Asia Cup 2008, the last international event of note played in Pakistan, Misbah lead the side in absence of permanent captain Shoiab Malik. He had played with Saeed Ajmal for years, and brought him in the side. Ajmal was successful, with his wily ways. The next day newspaper (yea they were relevant) read ‘Inzimam ICL lejana chatay thy, Misbah ne Pakistan khelwa diya’. A star was in the making. The guile was there for everyone to see. Yousuf Phatan was the 1st victim of Saeed Ajmal’s famed doosra. A delivery that made him the best in the world and then ended his career effectively.
And in between Saeed Ajmal reigned supreme. In T20s, in ODIs and in test matches. 2009 T20 World Cup, Afridi’s heroics are remembered, Gul’s reverse swing is flashed again and again, but there was Saeed Ajmal too, miserly as ever. Bowling late in the innings, picking crucial wickets. In the 2011 World Cup the way he bamboozled West Indies, it’s a sight rare to international Cricket. How that ball missed the Sachin’s leg stump on the DRS is a mystery to date. Then came his finest moment. The series against England. Where he and Abdur Rehman simply dismantled the English side. Their helplessness was palpable. The Asia Cup triumph, that 49th over against a rampant Hashim Amla on way to Pakistan’s 1st away ODI series victory in South Africa. The 10 wickets haul in South Africa in a Test match, Pakistan should have won. These are just a few of his many match winning performances.
His battles with Hashim Amla, showed what a genius cricketing brain he had. There is a piece by Hassan Cheema, on that 49th over to Amla, with Misbah. I hope someone does it from Ajmal’s point of view. His interviews have been limited to him talking about the team plan. Would love to hear, how he used to outfox the batsmen. The persona that Saeed Ajmal has would change if he explains how masterfully he would plan those dismissals. Obviously Misbah played his part.
But everyone is aware of his bowling excellence. It’s his demeanor, his attitude and his smile that stood out. Saeed Ajmal, in an era of brand building and superstardom, was a throwback to the good old times. He was playing with his mates, having the best of time. The real character of Saeed Ajmal was evident with the bat. While, many who were termed ‘all rounders’, would shy away from the contest, Saeed Ajmal would never back down. He’d be up for any battle at any given time. He valued playing for Pakistan and it showed when he batted. He ran like a mad man, he batted like he was devoted to it. The magic of bowling was natural.
It was such a pleasure to see him bowl and perform for a team I supported. It would be extremely hard to find a cricket who’d despise Saeed Ajmal. As tributes pour in, I’d like to say my thanks to the great man. Thank you for carrying the weight of our expectations on your shoulders. Thank you for ensuring that even at our lowest point, we still were competitive. Pakistan remembers.
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