Umar Gul
Cricketer
Umar Gul
Umar Gul is a Pakistani right arm fast medium bowler in cricket who has played Test matches, One Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals for the Pakistani cricket team. He has gained fame as one of the most successful bowlers in Twenty20 cricket finishing as the leading wicket taker and bowler in both the 2007 and 2009 Twenty20 World Championship tournaments.
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Razzaq snubbed from preliminary T20 squad
The Express Tribune Blogs - about 3 years
KARACHI:  Just a day after showing his availability, senior all-rounder Abdul Razzaq failed to find his place in Pakistan’s 30-man preliminary squad announced for the upcoming ICC World Twenty20. Razzaq said on Sunday that he had regained fitness and was looking forward to being a part of team. However, the selection committee wasn’t impressed with his performance during his comeback against South Africa in the UAE. In contrast, hopes revived for Kamran Akmal after his inclusion in the list, following some decent performances in domestic cricket.“Kamran can be used as an opener,” an official close to the selection committee told The Express Tribune. “He has good batting credentials.” The selectors have also inducted all-rounder Zohaib Ahmed following a good run. Illyas becomes PCB’s chief selector? It has been learnt that former Test cricketer Mohammad Illyas returned as the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) chief selector. While the Board ...
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Umar Gul keen to impress Pak selectors with performance in domestic T20 event
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Karachi, Nov 30 (ANI): Veteran Pakistani bowler Umar Gul, who has made a comeback in domestic cricket after a long layoff, is reportedly keen to make a strong impression on the national selection committee with his performance in the ongoing PCB Departmental T20 Tournament. According to the Express Tribune, Gul said that the Departmental T20 event is important for him because he wants to make a strong impression on the selectors after a long hiatus, adding that every player aiming for a comeback knows that the selectors will be monitoring their performance in this event closely. Gul, who is currently the most senior fast-bowler for Pakistan with the experience of 47 Tests, 116 ODIs and 52 Twenty20s under his belt, is primarily aiming to cement his place in the Pakistan fold with the ICC Twenty20 World Cup getting closer, starting with the series against Sri Lanka.
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Afghan quick hails Pak's Umar Gul for providing inspiration, help
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Karachi, Nov 27 (ANI): Afghanistan fast bowler Hamid Hassan has hailed Pakistani bowling star Umar Gul for being a source of inspiration and help for him. Hassan, who made his ODI debut for Afghanistan in the 2009 ICC World Cup qualifier, was the leading wicket-taker in that tournament and has since played 18 ODIs, taking 33 wickets at an excellent average of 19.30. According to www.PakPassion.net, Hassan said that he has played a lot of cricket with Gul in Peshawar and he was the captain of their team in club cricket, adding that Gul is a good friend of his and has been an inspiration for them all. Stating that Gul has always given him good advice, Hassan also said that it is always good to take advice from the senior players whether from Pakistan or any other team, and he also thanked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for giving them the chance to play and participate in domestic cricket in Pakistan in the past.
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South Africa series: ‘Tried and tested’ on the roster again
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 3 years
KARACHI:  The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) selection committee is expected to kick off the selection process for the home series against South Africa today, targeting to form preliminary squads for all formats in the first phase. Salim Jaffar, who is supervising the selection committee in the absence of a head, flew out to Lahore yesterday for a day-long meeting at the PCB’s headquarters that will take place today. The selectors are meeting at a time when calls for drastic changes in the team have recurred following a humiliating defeat to lower-ranked Zimbabwe in the final Test in Harare. Former cricketers are demanding the exclusion of players, who have failed consistently, and want the injection of new blood in the team. However, an official close to the selection committee confirmed to The Express Tribune that the selectors’ initial list of probables hardly carries any surprises. “There is no panic situation within the selection com ...
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Malik, Kamran out, Afridi in for Windies tour
Fox News - over 3 years
Pakistan Wednesday axed former captain Shoaib Malik, wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal and opener Imran Farhat for this month's limited-overs series in the West Indies, but dashing all-rounder Shahid Afridi was back in the team. Selectors made four changes in the one-day team which crashed out of last month's eight-nation Champions Trophy in England, losing all three games due to sloppy batting. Malik managed just 25 runs in the three matches, Kamran scored 23 in the same number and Farhat scored four in two. Pakistan failed to cross the 170-mark in any of their games. Pakistan will play five one-day and two Twenty20 internationals in the Caribbean, with the first one-day match in Guyana on July 14. Misbah-ul Haq will lead the one-day team while Mohammad Hafeez will skipper the Twenty20 side. Chief selector Iqbal Qasim said the 16-man one-day and 15-member T20 squads were selected after discussion with the team management. "We have selected separate squads after consultation wit ...
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Twenty20 Champions League: Injured Miller’s the hero for Yorkshire
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 4 years
David Miller recovered from being hit in the face to guide Yorkshire to a five-wicket victory over Sri Lankan side Uva Next in their opening Twenty20 Champions League qualifier. Miller was unbeaten on 22, with Yorkshire on 91-4 and chasing 151, when he was hit as he attempted to pull a short ball from Umar Gul. The South African retired hurt for treatment but returned with Yorkshire requiring 18 from 12 balls – and he promptly struck two fours and a six from his first three deliveries. Miller hit the winning single to finish unbeaten on 39 from 29 deliveries, while Adil Rashid was 36 not out as Yorkshire won with three balls to spare. Unbeaten Uva Next posted a total of 150 for seven, with Thilina Kandamby scoring an unbeaten 29 and West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul contributing 27. Dilshan Munaweera and Bhanuka Rajapaksa put on 42 for the opening wicket in 5.2 overs before Moin Ashraf broke the partnership. Munaweera was caught by Miller for 22 and Rajapaksa followed tw ...
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WorldT20: Jamshed leads Pakistan to 149-6 against Australia
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
COLOMBO: Nasir Jamshed hit 55 off 46 balls to steer Pakistan to 149-6 against Australia in a key group two Super Eights match of the World Twenty20 in Colombo on Tuesday. The left-hander smashed four boundaries and two sixes after Pakistan, who were sent in to bat on a slow pitch at the Premadasa stadium, had lost the openers by the sixth over. Jamshed put on 79 off 55 balls for the third wicket with Kamran Akmal, who made 32 before both batsmen were dismissed in the space of three deliveries. Abdul Razzaq marked his return to the side in place of Yasir Arafat to make 22 from 17 balls. Left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc claimed 3-20 for Australia, who will advance to the semi-finals with their third successive win. The second semi-finalist from the group will be decided only after the India-South Africa game later on Tuesday. Both Pakistan and India have one win each from two games, while South Africa lost both their matches. Pakistan c ...
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What’s with the meek surrender, team Pakistan?
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
It’s not the defeat itself, rather the manner of it that is often so demoralising.  As a nation we are desperately short of good news, and for most people a cricketing victory represents the only source of bliss and contentment in a life full of anxiety and despair. There was a time when hockey and squash along with cricket provided an ample cause for national celebration. The likes of Jahangir, Jansher, Samiullah, Hassan Sardar, Imran Khan and Javed Miandad kept Pakistan’s flag flying high at the world stage, and irrespective of the political, social and economic crisis’s at home, a common man could turn to sports and find some solace. Unfortunately, these days Pakistan cannot be classified as even a regional force in hockey and squash. This leaves us with cricket. But that too is heavily infested with unpredictability and most victories only result from a stroke of luck. All of the above went through my mind as I watched Pakistan crash to a humbling defeat against India at the ...
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Against Pakistan, India should play five bowlers
Yahoo News - over 4 years
India, Sept. 30 -- India-Pakistan clashes always get a lot of attention but considering India's future in this world cup depends on this game, the importance of this match attains new heights. Both teams have played a game in the Super 8s. Pakistan were down and out till Umar Gul and Umar Akmal played out of their skins to get past a talented South Africa. I wasn't surprised by Gul's effort because I have seen him do that before in T20 and although he is a wiry fast bowler, he can pack a punch with the bat.Pakistan are a good T20 side and have won more games than any other team. ...
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World Twenty20 2012: Umar Gul blasts Pakistan to victory over South Africa
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
Umar Akmal and Umar Gul led a superb fightback as Pakistan snatched a two-wicket victory against South Africa in a thrilling opening Group 2 match of the World Twenty20 Super Eights.
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T20 order: Crazy, inconsistent but spot on!
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
Introducing our current playing XI (not in order), Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal. People may criticise Pakistan for being way too inconsistent, but it’s about time we embraced our moments of madness. Here’s what our top, middle, lower and bowling orders are, my critique and what I think could work better for us. Top order: Pakistan has four openers in the playing XI which could be a blessing in disguise. Losing early wickets is our habit so it wouldn’t hurt to have Nasir Jamshed coming in ... Read Full Post
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World Twenty20: Pakistan defeat New Zealand by 13 runs
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
PALLEKELE: Pakistan beat New Zealand by 13 runs in an exciting finish to their Group D World Twenty20 match at Pallekele stadium. Pakistan scored 177-6 in their 20 overs before restricting New Zealand to 164-9 in their 20 overs. Nasir Jamshed top-scored with 56 while Saeed Ajmal finished with 4-30. Earlier in the first inning, Nasir Jamshed hit a maiden half-century to guide Pakistan to a challenging 177-6. The 22-year-old left-hander made a 35-ball 56 and added 76 for the second wicket with skipper Mohammad Hafeez (43) after Pakistan opted to bat under bright sunshine at Pallekele stadium. Jamshed hit two boundaries and four sixes as Pakistan plundered 92 off the first ten overs. Hafeez hit two fours and two sixes off 38 balls. Pakistan raced to 47 by the sixth over with Imran Nazir hitting five boundaries during his rapidfire 16-ball 25 before he gave a return catch to Tim Southee, who finished with 2-31. Jamshed was aggressive from the ...
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Warm-up match: India win toss, elect to bat against Pakistan
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
COLOMBO: India won the toss and elected to bat against Pakistan on Monday in a warm-up match ahead of the World Twenty20. The match, part of the warm-up schedule drawn up by the International Cricket Council, is the only one of 12 practice games that will be beamed live by the host broadcasters. India and Pakistan have been drawn in separate groups for the preliminary league, but will meet in the Super Eights round in Colombo on September 30 if the seedings go to plan. The two nations have played just two official Twenty20 internationals against each other, both during the inaugural world event in South Africa in 2007. Squad India: MS Dhoni, G Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, SK Raina, RG Sharma, V Kohli, V Sehwag, Z Khan, L Balaji, IK Pathan, R Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, PP Chawla, MK Tiwary, AB Dinda Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Nasir Jamshed, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Sohail Tanvir, Moh ...
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Pakistan will try not to depend on Ajmal alone in T20 series
Dawn - over 4 years
Pakistan’s Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez speaks during a press conference at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium prior to the T20 series against Australia – Photo by AFP DUBAI: Pakistan and Australia will be looking to tune up for this month’s World Twenty20 championship in a three-match series which starts here on Wednesday. The Twenty20 series follows a three-match one-day series which Australia won 2-1 but Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez hoped a new format and some fresh players will help his team. “These matches give both teams a good chance to settle for the mega event,” said Hafeez of the fourth edition of the World Twenty20 to be held in Sri Lanka from September 18 to October 7. Pakistan finished runners-up to India in the first edition of the World Twenty20 held in South Africa in 2007 and two years later bagged the title in England. They were losing semi-finalists to Australia in the 2010 edition held in the West Indies. These stats, Hafeez believed, make ...
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Kamran, Razzaq make T20 return
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
KARACHI:  The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) selection committee has recalled wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal, all-rounder Abdul Razzaq and opener Imran Nazir as a 15-man squad was announced for the Twenty20 series against Australia and the World Twenty20. Mohammad Hafeez, who led Pakistan in the two-match series against Sri Lanka, was retained as captain, ending speculation on the appointment of the leader. Promising middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq, who did not feature in the Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka, was included following an impressive show in the Tests. Meanwhile, fast-bowlers Umar Gul and Mohammad Sami were retained despite an average outing on the Sri Lanka tour. Young left-arm spinner Raza Hasan was also included. Opening batsman Nasir Jamshed, who missed the Sri Lanka tour due to injury, also returned to the squad. According to an official close to the selection committee, the team was announced following days of deliberation a ...
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I was scared on my return: Junaid Khan
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
KARACHI:  One of the few highlights for Pakistan during the Test series against Sri Lanka was the performance of left-arm fast-bowler Junaid Khan. While Pakistan lost their first Test series since August 2010, Junaid’s comeback and his impressive show on Sri Lankan pitches, which offered very little help to the pacemen, won him accolades from the cricket fraternity. Junaid, who was making a comeback following back-to-back injuries, ended as the most successful paceman in Sri Lanka, claiming 14 wickets at an average of just over 21 including two five-wicket hauls. The fast-bowler’s performance also comes at a time when the team lacks a quality paceman with Umar Gul’s inconsistent show being a major concern. However, behind that impressive show was nervousness and anxiety that had gripped the 22-year-old when he stepped out on the field. The left-armer said he had overcome a lot of pressure to do well in the three-match Test series. “A lot of ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Umar Gul
    TWENTIES
  • 2014
    Age 29
    In July 2014, he played for the MCC side in the Bicentenary Celebration match at Lord's.
    More Details Hide Details Despite being a bowler Gul can perform well as a lower order batsman and has proved his ability as a quick.run-picker His finest moment with the bat came in a test match against England in August 2010 when Pakistan were at 103/7 and Gul came into bat at 8. He scored 29 off 30 deliveries, and when play ended that day, two more wickets had fallen and the team were at 148/9. Pakistan needed 11 more runs to avoid the follow-on, and Gul then came in with his number 10 partner Mohammad Asif. Gul scored 34 runs in just 11 deliveries however his partner Mohammad Asif was run out at the other end and Gul ended on 65 not out. However, Gul was then ruled out of the third Test with a back injury which kept him out of cricket for an entire year. He returned to play two games at the 2004–05 Faysal Bank T20 Cup, and played some matches for Pakistan A and a Pakistan XI in warm-up games before the Test matches against England the following season, but he was not selected for the matches and has instead played three matches with Peshawar at the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
  • 2013
    Age 28
    He won the Twenty20 International Performance of the Year 2013.
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  • 2012
    Age 27
    Umar Gul's daughter, Rehab Umar, was born in May 2012.
    More Details Hide Details In the same month, Pakistan Army Commandos mistakenly raided Umar Gul's house in Peshawar and arrested his brother Meeraj Gul on the charge of hiding a wanted militant. However, the commandos later on apologized to Meeraj. Umar Gul, after taking five-for in Twenty20 International Cricket, became the first ever bowler to own five wickets haul in all international formats of the game.
  • 2010
    Age 25
    In October 2010 Umar Gul was married to a Dubai based doctor.
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    Shortly after making a six-month come-back from a shoulder injury in July 2010 Gul picked up a hamstring injury against England in August but it wasn't too serious and he only missed the two Test matches.
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  • 2007
    Age 22
    Gul had signed a one-year contract with Gloucestershire to play in 2007, but the Pakistan Cricket Board failed to give them their permission.
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    He also appeared in all of Pakistan's matches at the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 taking 3/15 of 4 overs in the semi-final victory over New Zealand.
    More Details Hide Details He took three wickets in the final to finish as the tournament's leading wicket-taker.
    Gul appeared in all three of Pakistan's group matches in the 2007 World Cup taking four wickets with an economy rate of 3.13, only Shane Bond of those to deliver 100 balls was more economical.
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    He got his opportunity with the absence of Shoaib Akhtar and Abdul Razzaq in the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 held in South Africa.
    More Details Hide Details He bowled from the 13th over onwards and finished the tournament with 13 wickets, becoming the leading wicket taker ahead of Shahid Afridi and RP Singh. In the 2009 ICC World Twenty20, he performed well, earning the mantle from at least one pundit of "the outstanding seam bowler of the World Twenty20". His five-wicket haul for just six runs, when Pakistan defeated New Zealand, won especial acclaim. The spell made him the first bowler in history to take a five wickets in a Twenty20 international, and he held the record of best T20 bowling figure until 8 August 2011, when surpassed by Ajantha Mendis (6/16). Mutterings were made about a possible correlation between ball tampering and the exorbitant amounts of reverse-swing he was able to extract, but he denied them categorically: "whenever an Asian bowler performs and uses the reverse-swing, the Western cricketing countries raise the issue of ball-tampering against them."
  • 2006
    Age 21
    Later in 2006, against West Indies at home, Gul had perhaps his most successful test series.
    More Details Hide Details He took 16 wickets in 3 tests, including notable spells of reverse swing bowling. He was responsible for breaking Ramnaresh Sarwan's toe with a dipping yorker. Test appearances however remained few and far between due to injuries and lack of test cricket for Pakistan. In February 2009, Gul recorded his best test figures in the Pakistan team, taking 6 for 135 on a flat pitch. In July 2010, Pakistan faced England at Trent Bridge and were 147/9 in their first innings. Gul scored 30* before the day was called off due to bad light. He returned the next day with Mohammad Asif and batted with intent to add another 35 runs in five overs. This saw Pakistan avoid the follow-on against England and therefore survive an innings defeat. Gul then suffered a hamstring injury in the second test when he was touring England in 2010 he was ruled out for three weeks that meant he would miss the remaining two tests. However Gul managed to recover and became fit enough to play in the fourth test However they decided to rest Gul for the final test match despite the fact that he had recovered quicker than expected.
    After a length injury lay-off, which kept him out of international cricket for nearly two years, Gul returned to the Pakistan fold in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Firstly with quiet away series against Sri Lanka then followed by a tour to England in 2006. Gul was quickly made the lead bowler in the side due to the injuries to other front line bowlers. Gul to 18 wickets in four tests, justifying the selectors faith in him.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2003
    Age 18
    However, he played the whole of the 2003–04 home series against Bangladesh, making his Test debut and taking 15 wickets in the three Tests, and took the second-most wickets of any Pakistani bowler in the series, behind Shabbir Ahmed with 17.
    More Details Hide Details However, Shoaib Akhtar, who took 13 in third place, only played two of the Tests. Gul was retained for the ODIs against Bangladesh, taking a List A best five for 17 in nine overs in the third match, and ended with 11 wickets in the 5–0 series win. However, he could still not command a regular spot, playing three of Pakistan's nine next ODIs before finally getting dropped after one for 36 against New Zealand. He was recalled and played two Tests after that taking four wickets in a drawn Test against New Zealand before coming in as replacement for Shabbir Ahmed in the second Test of the three-Test series against India. After coming on as first-change bowler, Gul dismissed Virender Sehwag in his second over, and then bowled unchanged for 12 overs either side of lunch to take five Indian top order wickets – including Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar, who both had Test batting averages above 50, as did Sehwag. Gul finished with five for 31 in his spell, earning him commendation from Cricinfo journalist Dileep Premachandran, who praised his "control of line and length", and he was also named Man of the Match despite conceding runs at five an over in the second innings in a nine-wicket win.
    Gul was first called up for the team in April 2003, playing four one-day matches at the Cherry Blossom Sharjah Cup against Zimbabwe, Kenya and Sri Lanka, where he took four wickets, and he was in and out of the one-day team after that tournament.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1984
    Born
    Gul was born on April 14 1984 in Peshawar, Pakistan in a middle-class family and frequently played tape-ball cricket.
    More Details Hide Details He was encouraged by his friends to become an international cricketer as they saw his excellent bowling.
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