Umar Gul considers retirement from Test matches

Published: August 11, 2014
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Fast bowler Umar Gul. PHOTO: AFP

Fast bowler Umar Gul. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: Experienced bowler Umar Gul is considering quitting test cricket due to a chronic knee injury.

The 30-year-old paceman, who has claimed 163 test and 173 one-day international wickets, said he would make a decision on his future if he is unfit to play against Australia in the United Arab Emirates in October-November.

“Right now, I don’t know what lies ahead for me because I am still not comfortable with the knee,” he said on Geo Super. “I am hoping to make a comeback in the tests against Australia but if that doesn’t happen I could quit tests.”

Gul had knee surgery in May 2013, in Australia, after breaking down on the tour of South Africa earlier in the year. He has made two unsuccessful comebacks.

“The doctors have told me I still have to undergo more rehabilitation and gym training as there are still problems with the knee,” said Gul, who has played in 47 tests.

“I don’t feel comfortable bowling. If you ask me right now whether I can play test matches I will say no. “I still have lot of cricket left in me but I don’t know what the selectors, or Pakistan team coaches, have planned for me, but I am eyeing a comeback against Australia.”

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Reader Comments (2)

  • zaid hamid
    Aug 11, 2014 - 8:22PM

    A talent that was never utilized nor wasted.

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  • Ali S
    Aug 11, 2014 - 10:13PM

    This is sad. I think one of the reasons why injuries are relatively common among Pakistani bowlers is the lack of professional training to aspiring young cricketers, who hone their skills largely in street tournaments where there is little concern for proper technique.

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