Former Pakistani boxer Umar Gul took part in a professional cricket match on Friday night, his last match and marked the end of an era. He witnessed the pace of the Pakistani cricket team’s attacking and deadly Yorkians taking the lead in fencing.
After the top hat was retired, Balochistan was eliminated from the ongoing National T20 Cup by the South Punjab led by Shan Masood.
Gul was a key player who won the T20 Pakistan World Cup in England in 2009. He retired with 427 international wickets. He played 47 tests for Pakistan, 130 ODIS and 60 T20.
A teary-eyed Gul thanked his teammates and the Southern Punjab side for giving him “respect” in his last game. He also thanked the PCB for “feeding him like a mother” throughout his career.
Taking to Twitter after his last game, the right-arm pace said the decision has come with a “very heavy heart and after a lot of thinking”.
“I have decided to bid farewell to all formats of cricket after this National T20 Cup. I have always played for Pakistan with all my heart and 100% of hardwork. Cricket is and will always be my love n passion,” said Gul in a series of Tweets.
Gul said “all good things have to come to an end” and prayed that the “future will hold much more” for him.
The retirement also led many to praise the cricketer on social media, including current and former cricketers, to thank Gul for his services to Pakistan cricket.
Here’s a look at some of the reactions:
Former Pakistan cricket team captain Shoaib Malik loved playing every bit with the “Guldozer”.