"I think I have inspired a lot of youngsters to play the game." -Photo by AFP

Pakistan’s off-spinner, Saeed Ajmal, vows to pass on his skills to the next generation to ensure continuity of quality spinners for the nation when he retires.

The top-ranked spinner in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings in both Tests and One Day International (ODI) plans to do so by launching a cricket academy next year in his city Faisalabad.

“I hope by the time I am ready to walk out, another Ajmal would be ready to take my place,” Ajmal told ESPNcricinfo.

“A spin bowler normally does not inspire kids as compared to a fast bowler who creates an instant impact with the youngsters who want to play cricket. But I think I have inspired a lot of youngsters to play the game,” he added.

Ajmal acknowledged that his age may only allow him a few more years in the cricket arena. But the 34-year-old knows another key factor that would keep him in the game for at least a few more years.

“It's also a matter of fitness that can actually extend a player's life. I am optimistic that I can play at least till the 2015 World Cup before calling my time from the game,” he said.

Although Ajmal made a late entry into international cricket at the age of 30, he has earned a reputation for being one of the best spinners in the world. Ajmal didn't play his first Test till he was almost 32 but has since picked up 107 wickets in 20 Tests.

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Comments (7)

Rana (@RanaFayyaz3)
April 18, 2012 5:39 pm
only few people born to rule the world he is one of them
April 18, 2012 7:21 pm
Saqlain was 10 times better than him, he was the one who laid the foundation of "Doosra" which revolutionsed spin bowling.. He must have inspired many, but his Saqlain is truley a "legend!!" Shame on Pakistanis who could not give Saqlain the respect he deserved.
April 18, 2012 10:05 pm
This is weird, I read the same article on ESPNcricinfo
April 18, 2012 10:20 pm
Talha - there is no comparison game going on. There is no iota of doubt that King Ajmal has inspired the youth in the land known for swings and pace.
April 19, 2012 8:06 am
Ajmal and Abdul Rehman are living legends of cricket.There record and performance says it all,no words needed to descrive their achievement on field.
Khwaja Rizwan
April 20, 2012 5:59 am
One of the reasons Saqlain did not get the recognition he deserved was that he did not help win many test matches thiugh he was a considerable influence in one day internationals.
shamraiz akhtar
April 25, 2012 5:45 pm
Ajmal the world dangerous spinner in these days i inspred and appreciated ajmal keep it up
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