Mushtaq Ahmed, right-arm leg break bowler, right-handed batsman, and a former Pakistan player declared his retirement from county cricket on 26th August, 2008. He said the reason for his retirement was his relentless knee injuries. Ahmed was playing county cricket in England for the Sussex county team and was a part of the team that won 3 County Championships.
After the announcement of his retirement Ahmed said, “I would firstly like to thank Allah for providing me with this great family” He also said, “This is a very hard decision for me to make, as I feel that I could possible play one more year, but out of respect, I would only do that if I felt 100% per cent and I wouldn’t want to risk that for the family”. “I am going to miss playing for the club greatly. I am truly honored to have spent six wonderful years here. There are not enough words to express my gratitude to the club, but I would like to specially thank Peter Moores, Mark Robinson, Chris Adams, all my team-mates, all the fans and everyone who is part of this magnificent family for all the opportunities and memories that they have provided me with.”
Mushtaq Ahmed was dropped from the Pakistan cricket team in 2003 after which he joined the rebel Indian Cricket League which further jeopardized his chances of returning to the National team. He has also played for the Islamabad Cricket Association, Multan, Lahore, National Bank of Pakistan, Redco Pakistan Ltd, Peshawar Cricket Association, Rest of Punjab, Sussex, Somerset, Surrey, United Bank Limited and the Lahore Badshahs cricket teams.