ISLAMABAD: Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has said that his career has not finished and he would prove his critics wrong.
“The people who are saying I am finished and a spent force are wrong.These are the same people who said that my bowling action would never be cleared and that I would never play cricket again,” he was quoted in pakpassion.net.
Ajmal, 37, who has claimed 178 Test and 184 ODI wickets, is struggling to discover a place within the national squad after being cleared to bowl once more by the ICC.
“I have to be patient, fans will have to be patient, everyone will have to be patient.”
He said it would take him some time to settle back into bowling with a slightly changed action. “I have to be patient, fans will have to be patient, everyone will have to be patient. I’ve had to make a few changes to my bowling action and those changes will take time to bed in,” he said.
“Naturally any changes you make to your bowling action do affect you
mentally and the process can take some time to sort itself out and to settle in. I’m not a youngster who is just learning the game, I’ve bowled the same way throughout my career and it’s not easy to suddenly have to make adjustments.”
“I have to be patient and not panic. This is a process that requires me to have faith in my changed action and not to expect too much too soon,” he added.
He said that it was his dream to play in the World Cup in Australia
and New Zealand but his dream was shattered by the ban ahead of the event. “Yes it was disappointing, yes it hurt, but I have to move on and look to the future and not look back.”
Ajmal said that the International Cricket Council (ICC) had clean
bowled mystery spinners and put an end to them and their varieties adding, “I don’t think it’s the end of the doosra.”
“My doosra was cleared during the tests and I intend to bowl it. I’m
continually working on bowling the doosra again and I will definitely bowl it in future. It’s a delivery that I have not discarded, it’s been part of my armory and it will remain part of my armory in the future,” he maintained.