Umar Gul announces retirement from all forms of cricket

Umar Gul announces retirement from all forms of cricket
Lahore: Pakistan’s pace bowler, Umar Gul has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.

According to details, the 36-year old made announcement following the end of the National T20 Cup tournament between Balochistan and Southern Punjab. Gul represents Balochistan which lost the match by seven wickets.

Following the end of the match, Umar Gul thanked everyone who extended support towards him in his 20-year long cricket journey.

“During this journey, I have had the pleasure of meeting numerous people who have helped and supported me in some way. I owe a big thank you to all those who have supported me throughout my journey,” he said

Gul shared his thoughts on Twitter as well after the game.

“With a very heavy heart and after a lot of thinking, I have decided to bid farewell to all formats of cricket after this National T20 Cup. I have always played for Pakistan with all my heart and 100 per cent hardwork. Cricket is and will always be my love and passion.”

 

Umar Gul, entered into the circuit in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2002 in New Zealand by claiming 11 wickets.

He played 125 first-class, 213 List-A and 167 T20 matches, in which he collected 987 wickets. In a 237-match international career from 2003 to 2016, Umar captured 427 wickets.

Umar played professional cricket in Australia, England, India and Sri Lanka, representing Western Australia, Gloucestershire, Sussex, Kolkata Knight Rider and Uva Next, respectively, while his domestic sides were HBL, Multan Sultans,  North West Frontier Province (now known as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa),  PIA, Peshawar and Quetta Gladiators.

In the 2009 World T20, his bowling was the key reason for Pakistan winning the cup for the first time.

Gul's last international appearance came against England in 2016.

On the other hand, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) also congratulated Umar Gul on a successful career after he signed off on his 20-year professional career.