Lahore: Umar Gul, one of Pakistan’s greatest-ever white-ball bowler announced his retirement from all forms of cricket post the domestic tournament of National T20 campaign with Balochistan’s first XI.
A veteran cricketer, Umar Gul made his ODI and Test debut against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe respectively in 2003 but it was his five-wicket haul against a star-studded Indian team during the fast bowler rose to stardom, in 2004.
It was his expertise with white-ball and especially the T20 format that made Gul one of the cricket superstars of this era.
He was the leading wicket-taker in the 2007 (13 wickets in 7 games at an average of 11.92) and in 2009 T20 World Cups (13 wickets in 7 games at an average of 12.15).
Gul was also the fifth-highest wicket-taker (35 wickets in 24 games at an average of 17.25), including the 5-6 against New Zealand in the 2009 event.
The reverse-swing specialist, who claimed 14 wickets in the 2011 World Cup. His last ODI for Pakistan was against England in 2016.
Umar Gul played 47 Tests, 130 ODIs, and 60 T20Is, claiming 163, 179, and 85 wickets respectively. He claimed 479 scalps in FC cricket (in 125 games), 286 wickets in 213 List-A games, and 222 dismissals in 167 T20s.
Gul finished with 7 wickets in 6 matches in the ongoing T20 Cup.