Ajmal: I want to retire with respect and honour


Spinner Saeed Ajmal says he is not thinking about retiring from cricket and feels he still has role to play in the Pakistan limited-overs teams.

Ajmal has just completed a stint in county cricket with Worcestershire and is now hoping to win over the national selectors when he competes in the domestic T20 cup in Pakistan.

The now 37 year-old Ajmal has definitely not been the same bowler since he came back from being suspended for an illegal bowling action last September but says he is slowly getting his grrove back.

Ajmal told Cricinfo: "I never wanted to retire in obscurity as I have done enough for Pakistan to win matches singlehandedly. I want to retire with respect and honour.

"I will definitely sit with the selectors and discuss my future plan with them. Obviously I needed some time to settle down with my bowling action.

"I could have persisted for the national selection earlier but it might have been a risky case as we have seen [Mohammad] Hafeez is reported again after been cleared. So it's a matter of getting things right and wait for the right time.

"Cricket is cruel sometimes but I always said one can't relax. People forget the good and make the bad part our defining feature.

"There are ups and downs in cricket and you can't deny the fact every day is a new day and you can't be taking five or ten wickets in every match. We are human and its natural to have good days and bad days.

"I think there is some room for me in limited-overs cricket and I will prove that in the T20 cup in Pakistan."