Pakistan pacer Umar Gul took to Twitter to announce that he will be retiring from all forms of cricket after a 20-year long professional career by his side.
This news comes after the end of the ongoing National T20 Cup. His team Balochistan failed to qualify for it. They lost against Southern Punjab (Pakistan) in Rawalpindi on Friday.
The 36-year-old played his last match for Pakistan in 2016, for the Balochistan team in the National T20 Cup.
“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 hard work. Cricket is and will always be my love and passion,” he wrote on Twitter.
The Peshawar-born speedster made his international debut in an ODI in 2003. The same year he played his first Test. His last Test match was against South Africa in 2013.
In 47 matches, Gul took 163 wickets at a 34.06 average. He also claimed 179 wickets in 130 ODIs and 85 wickets in 60 T20s.
He added that he was now looking forward to spending time with his family and that it would be difficult to stay away from the game.
He has played professional cricket in India, Sri Lanka, Australia and England, representing Kolkata Knight Riders, Uva Next, Western Australia and Gloucestershire respectively. Domestically, he played for HBL, Multan Sultans, North-West Frontier Province, PIA, Peshawar and Quetta Gladiators.
This announcement caused several current and former stars of the game to post their tributes on social media.