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‘Emotional’ Umar Gul brings curtain down on illustrious career

The Pakistan Cricket Board has congratulated the pacer on a successful career

PHOTO COURTESY: PCB

The Pakistan Cricket Board has congratulated an emotional Umar Gul on a successful career after he signed off on his 20-year professional career on Friday after Balochistan failed to qualify for the National T20 Cup semi-finals.

Umar Gul, 36, burst into the circuit in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2002 in New Zealand by claiming 11 wickets at 12.72 following a poor debut 2000-21 season.

The lanky pacer 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.

 

The end of an era - as Umar Gul retires from cricket #NationalT20Cup #Cricket pic.twitter.com/iiUo2fEcII

— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) October 16, 2020

 

Umar played professional cricket in Australia, England, India and Sri Lanka, representing Western Australia, Gloucestershire, Sussex, Kolkata Knight Riders 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.

PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan: “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”.

 

One of the finest Pakistan pacers of all-time brings the curtain down on his illustrious career 👏

We will never forget those yorkers, Umar Gul 🔥#NationalT20Cup pic.twitter.com/iMBqwttEej

— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) October 16, 2020

 

Umar Gul: “It has been an honour to represent my club, city, province and country at various levels for two decades. I have thoroughly enjoyed my cricket, which has taught me the values of hard work, respect, commitment and determination.

“During this journey, I have had the pleasure of meeting numerous people who have helped and supported me in some way. I want to thank all those people as well as my teammates and peers for their support.

“I owe a big time to the fans who supported me throughout my journey. They have been an inspiration, especially at times when the going was not great.

“Lastly, I thank my family for standing firmly behind me throughout my career and helping me to cherish my dreams of not only playing cricket but traveling across the country and globe. They have sacrificed a lot, while I too have missed their presence and company. I now look forward to spending valuable time with them but it will be difficult to stay away from cricket and I now look forward to giving back to the sport and the country that has made me one of the most fortunate and luckiest persons on the planet.”

Twitter Reaction

 

An era comes to an end. A Phenomenal player and a great personality. Wish you all the best for your future. You will be missed by all cricket fans. @mdk_gul pic.twitter.com/j3dEQ0WpFS

— Junaid khan 83 (@JunaidkhanREAL) October 16, 2020

 

Umar Gul bhai Thank you so much for your service 🇵🇰 One of the great ambassador of Pakistan Best wishes for future 👍 Stay blessed @mdk_gul pic.twitter.com/XOix7lS4Dc

— Sidra Nawaz (@SidraNawaz22) October 16, 2020

 

All the best in your future after cricket to the legend that is @mdk_gul who served Pakistan with grace. A legend whom I’ve learnt so much from & truly one of Pakistan’s greats & a gem of a person!

— Wahab Riaz (@WahabViki) October 16, 2020

 

What an amazing player he was
One of the best bowler of Pakistan retires now from all type of cricket
Salute you bulldozer best of luck for the future life @mdk_gul pic.twitter.com/DKbBwRPxJn

— Gulbadin Naib (@GbNaib) October 16, 2020

 

Many congrats @mdk_gul for a formidable career. It was a pleasure playing with you - wishing you the best brother.

— Azhar Mahmood (@AzharMahmood11) October 16, 2020

 

As a fan of ur bowling would like to hug u again & want to congratulate u on ur charismatic Career @mdk_gul pic.twitter.com/EVnw1pnyz5

— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) October 16, 2020

 

- What a career you have had #UmarGul loved every bit of playing with you... #ThankYouUmarGul #Guldozer #Cricket #Pakistan pic.twitter.com/K99Ov5BEpP

— Shoaib Malik 🇵🇰 (@realshoaibmalik) October 16, 2020

 

This tweet is to pay homage to one of the most skilled bowlers who wore green star on his chest. Congrats @mdk_gul on such a brilliant career. Your yorkers and match winning spells for Pakistan will always be remembered. #Respect #legend pic.twitter.com/JE0EEqNYdB

— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) October 16, 2020