In breaking news, Pakistan’s left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman has announced his retirement from international cricket on Wednesday (October 10). He reckons he’s past his prime and hence the decision came without any hesitation. While he quit the international arena, Rehman will continue to ply his trade in the domestic version to keep himself engaged to the sport.
Rehman has had a glorious career and is well known for his stellar heroics in the 2012 series against England in the UAE wherein The Green Shirts registered a whitewash victory. Rehman ended the campaign with 19 wickets to his pocket where he became the nightmare for the English batsmen.
He announced his arrival in the international circuit in 2006 during the home ODI assignments against West Indies. He utilised his chances to good effect and proved his selection right to the selectors. He was given the green signal to showcase his mettle into Test cricket in the following year, against South Africa at the favourable home conditions.
Rehman showed what he is capable of doing in Test cricket as he started off with twin four-wicket hauls on debut and ended as the highest wicket-taker for the team in that series. Despite having proved his worth, he had to wait for another 3 years before spicing it up in his next red-ball game in international cricket.
He has been one heck of contributor in the domestic format of Pakistan with a total account of over 900 scalps across all formats of the game. Rehman’s grit and determination saw him recalled in 2010. Since then, he was deemed as a regular starter till the 2014 tour of Sri Lanka after which he got dropped for his below-par performances. He was also seen in action in few limited-overs games, in particular, in ODIs.
Rehman played the 2011 World Cup where he performed good but was omitted for the knockout games. Rehman hasn’t featured for Pakistan since 2014 and some tough competition for the spinners’ spot means getting back into the team looked beyond the bounds of possibility. It would be quite interesting to see how Rehman goes about his business in the domestic format as he still wants to entertain in the games to come.