Umar Gul retires from all forms of cricket
Veteran Pakistan pacer Umar Gul has announced retirement from all forms of cricket. The veteran pacer has decided to opt out from professional cricket due to financial crisis and aims to start his career as a coach or instructor. He decided to draw curtains on all forms of cricket due to this. The upcoming National T20 Cup will be the last tournament as a player for the 36 year’s old Cricketer.
Meanwhile, The National T20 Cup is scheduled to held in Multan and Rawalpindi from September 30 to October 18. Gul will be featuring in the tournament to be with Balochistan’s first XI. Along with a player, Gul is also expected to play the role of a mentor for his side.
The legendary pacer has taken almost 400 international wickets after he stepped in international cricket in 2003. He played an important role in Pakistan T20 World cup win in 2009. He played different franchise league around the world and he was also a part of Sourav Ganguly-led Kolkata Knight Riders in the inaugural IPL season.
Gul aiming to become a coach after retiring from professional cricket, In a recent interview with Cricket Pakistan he said,
“I can’t say for sure, right now, if I will get into coaching after my cricket career is over. I have already done level one and two coaching courses and also keen on doing level three in the near future,” Gul had said.
He also pointed out the discrepancy in the income between international and domestic players. He also explained that, to support his family he has to take another role.
“The monthly salary I used to receive from the department was sufficient to cover my monthly expenses. But now, honestly speaking, what we are earning from domestic matches, which includes match fees and monthly retainer, is not enough to cover the needs of my family,” the pacer had said.