The Pakistan Cricket Board today congratulated Umar Gul on a successful career after ending his 20-year professional career on Friday after Balochistan failed to qualify for the T20 National Cup semi-finals.
36-year-old Umar Gul hit the circuit at the 2002 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand when he claimed eleven wickets at 12:72 p.m. after a poor debut in the 2000-21 season.
The lanky Pacer played 125 first-class, 213 List-A, and 167 T20 matches in which he collected 987 wickets. In an international career of 237 games from 2003 to 2016, Umar conquered 427 wickets.
Umar played professional cricket in Australia, England, India, and Sri Lanka, representing Western Australia, Gloucestershire, Sussex, Kolkata Knight Rider, and Uva Next, while his home teams were HBL, Multan Sultans, Northwest Frontier Province (now known as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), PIA, Peshawar, and Quetta Gladiators.
PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan:
“Umar’s career is determined not only by the number of games and the wickets he’s played, but also by maintaining the spirit of cricket when putting on the jersey for his club, city, province and country. He is highly regarded both as a person and as a cricketer.
“I have attended a few PCB Cricket Committee meetings with Umar and he is a thorough gentleman with an intelligent cricket head on his shoulders and an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the game.
“On behalf of the Pakistan Cricket Board, I congratulate Umar on his outstanding career and thank him for his contribution to improving the image and standing of Pakistan Cricket. “I’m sure that in the game he will continue to add immense value outside of the field. We wish him all the best for the future. “
Alhamdulillah 🙏 Playing for Pakistan was my dream and Allah gave me great honor. I am proud. https://t.co/dTBG3CxdqR— Umar Gul (@mdk_gul) October 13, 2020
“It is an honor for me to represent my club, my city, my province and my country on different levels for two decades. I really enjoyed my cricket which taught me the values of hard work, respect, commitment and determination.
“During this trip I had the pleasure of meeting numerous people who have somehow helped and supported me. I want to thank all of these people as well as my teammates and colleagues for their support.
“I owe a lot of time to the fans who supported me on my journey. They were an inspiration, especially during times when things weren’t going well.
“Finally, I thank my family for standing firmly behind me throughout my career and for helping me achieve my dreams of not just playing cricket, but traveling the country and the globe. They sacrificed a lot while I also missed their presence and company. I look forward to spending quality time with them now, but it will be difficult to stay away from cricket and I look forward to the sport and the country that made me one of the happiest and happiest people on the planet to give something back. ”