Umar Gul signs off professional cricket


Rawalpindi: The end of Baluchistan’s campaign in National T20 Cup 2020 has also marked the end of one of the greatest Pakistani pacers Umar Gul’s career.

The right-arm pacer, who played 47 Test, 130 ODI and 60 T20Is for Pakistan, was given guard of the honor for a successful stint as frontline pacer.

With teary eyes and full of emotions, Gul said it was hard to part ways with cricket but this is what life is all about. “Cricket is my passion and I am honored to represent my country in this sport. It is tough for me to leave what I liked the most but it is life and one day you have to leave,” he said.

“I would like to thank my family, my wife especially and all the fans who showed immense support to me throughout my whole career. I will miss the field too much and I am looking forward to contributing to Pakistan’s cricket in the future,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s Chief Executive Wasim Khan congratulated the lanky pacer for his services to Pakistan’s cricket.

“Umar’s career will not only be defined by the number of matches he played and the wickets he took, but also by upholding the Spirit of Cricket every time he put on the shirt for his club, city, province and country. He is highly respected both as a person and as a cricketer.

“I have attended a couple of PCB Cricket Committee meetings with Umar and he is a thorough gentleman with an intelligent cricket head on his shoulders and a sound knowledge and understanding of the game.

“On behalf of the Pakistan Cricket Board, I congratulate Umar for an outstanding career and thank him for the contribution he made towards helping to enhance the image and reputation of Pakistan cricket.

“I am sure he will continue to add immense value off the field within the game. We wish him well in his future endeavours,” he concluded.

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