Pakistani speedster Umar Gul hopeful of a national team call up
Pakistan’s once bowling spearhead Umar Gul is fighting for a place in the national side after more than a couple of years playing in the domestic leagues in Pakistan. He featured for Pakistan against England in 2016 in a one day international.
Since then, he has been performing consistently but hasn’t got any opportunity. In the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam trophy, he has picked up 20 wickets in just 6 matches for his side Habib Bank Limited.
Umar Gul has been performing quite well in the domestic circuit nowadays. But he has been repeatedly ignored by the national selectors. It looks like they don’t even consider him while selecting the national side these days. But still, Gul is confident that he will get a chance to represent his country once again when Pakistan plays New Zealand in a three-match test series in coming weeks.
“Obviously, it hurts. I am doing my best in domestic cricket and was quite hopeful about my comeback. But anyhow, it depends how the selectors think. I am sure they are watching my performances in the domestic circuit and I am quite hopeful of making comeback in Test squad against New Zealand,” Gul was quoted as saying in The Nation.
“Now World Cup is not far and I feel it is right time when the PCB and selectors should sit and decide about their options. I think if too many changes are made, it may hamper Pakistan team’s chances of doing well in the mega event. The time is high when the players should be shortlisted and right combination must be retained till the World Cup,” he added.
The upcoming International Cricket Council’s world cup is going to kick start in May 2019. The opening match featuring the hosts England will take place on May 30th. Pakistan’s opening match of the campaign is on 31st of May against West Indies at Nottingham’s Trent Bridge cricket ground. Altering the team too much ahead of such a big tournament may cost Pakistan the trophy.