Former Pakistani pacer, Umar Gul who during the #AsiaCup2022 is the bowling coach of Afghanistan, during an interview opened up on his new role as well as his decision to retire from international cricket. Gul claimed 427 international wickets while playing for Pakistan between 2003 to 2016.
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AsiaCup2022: Umar Gul Fully Committed With Afghanistan
While explaining how he feels while coaching Afghanistan Umar said, “Obviously you always have a soft spot for the country you played for. If in the future PCB wants to secure my service then I will be ready. But right now I am committed to Afghanistan and I am enjoying my time here. The players feel extremely comfortable because we are both aware of each others’ culture and the language barrier also does not exist.
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“I have spent more than 20 years associated with Pakistan but it is morally and ethically important to fully back the team you are currently associated with.”
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Talking about his retirement on the other hand Umar said, “Taking an early retirement was a very difficult decision because I could still have played. But it is also important to secure your future. I would like to extend my gratitude towards Quetta Gladiators and Nadeem bhai because they gave me my first bowling assignment. It benefited me a lot to be associated with Quetta Gladiators for the two years. I eventually ended up leading Gladiators as head coach as well. It helped me a lot when looking for other managerial options.”