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Umar GulUmar Gul is a Pakistani cricketer who has played ten Test matches and 25 ODIs for Pakistan as a specialist fast bowler. However, injury has prevented him from a long international career, as he was out of cricket for an entire season after his international debut.
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. 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. 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 played two Tests after that, however, 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 with 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.
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 Twenty20 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. Gul was selected in Pakistan squad for the 2006 tour of England as a replacement to the injured Shoaib Akhtar. Gul had signed a one year contract with Gloucestershire to play in 2007, but the Pakistan Cricket Board failed to give them their permission.
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. 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. He took three wickets in the final to finish as the tournament's leading wicket-taker.
- Full name : Umar Gul
- Born : April 14, 1984, Peshawar, North-Western Frontier Province
- Batting style : Right-hand bat
- Bowling style : Right-arm fast-medium
- Test debut : Pakistan v Bangladesh at Karachi, Aug 20-24, 2003
- ODI debut : Pakistan v Zimbabwe at Sharjah, Apr 3, 2003
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- Tue 10 March, 2009: 1st T20 - Bangladesh v Pakistan at Mirpur
- Thu 12 March, 2009: 2nd T20 - Bangladesh v Pakistan at Mirpur
- Fri 13 March, 2009: 1st ODI - Bangladesh v Pakistan at Mirpur
- Sun 15 March, 2009: 2nd ODI - Bangladesh v Pakistan at Mirpur
- Tue 17 March, 2009: 3rd ODI - Bangladesh v Pakistan at Mirpur
- Fri 20 March, 2009: 4th ODI - Bangladesh v Pakistan at Chittagong
- Sun 22 March, 2009: 5th ODI - Bangladesh v Pakistan at Chittagong
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- Wed 22, April 2009: Pakistan v Australia 1st ODI at Dubai
- Fri 24, April 2009: Pakistan v Australia 2nd ODI at Dubai
- Mon 27, April 2009: Pakistan v Australia 3rd ODI at Abu Dhabi
- Fri 01, May 2009: Pakistan v Australia 4th ODI at Abu Dhabi
- Sun 03, May 2009: Pakistan v Australia 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi
- Thu 07, May 2009: Pakistan v Australia Twenty20 at Dubai
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