Will Umar Gul live up to Pakistani fans’ Expectations As The Bowling Coach At The AFG T20?

Former Pakistan fast bowler Umar Gul is set to return as bowling coach for the national team during an upcoming series.

Umar Gul
  • Rohit Singh | March 15, 2023 | 9:00 am

Umar Gul’s reputation as a white-ball specialist was forged during his career as a player, where he played a key role in Pakistan’s 2009 World T20 win and was a regular in the one-day team until 2012. Injuries, however, began to take their toll on the pacer, leading to his omission from the 2015 World Cup squad.

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Umar Gul’s exclusion from the squad suggested that his career was on the decline. However, he made a comeback a year later and continued to play for Pakistan until 2016, retiring from all forms of cricket in 2020. During his playing career, Umar Gul turned out in 47 Tests, taking 163 wickets at an average of 34.06. He also featured in 130 ODIs, taking 179 wickets at an average of 29.34, and played 60 T20Is, taking 85 wickets at an average of 16.97.

Following his retirement, Umar Gul wasted no time getting into coaching, taking up the role of bowling coach for the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) last season. He also had a brief stint as the bowling coach for the Afghanistan team in 2020 before parting ways with the team after their board decided to go with a local coach.

The pinpoint pacer, Umar Gul will help National team as Bowling Coach

Gul’s appointment as the bowling coach for Pakistan has generated considerable excitement among cricket fans in the country. Many believe that his vast experience and knowledge of the game will be invaluable to the current crop of fast bowlers in the national team. Gul’s reputation as a white-ball specialist also makes him an excellent choice for a team that is gearing up for the T20 World Cup later this year.

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Despite Gul’s appointment, there has been no change in the positions of the batting coach and fielding coach for the national team, according to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chair Najam Sethi, who announced the news on Twitter. It remains to be seen whether this decision will have any impact on the team’s overall performance. Overall, Umar Gul’s appointment as the bowling coach for the Pakistan team is undoubtedly a significant development for the team ahead of the upcoming series. 

His vast experience and knowledge of the game are expected to be invaluable to the team, particularly the fast bowlers, and fans are eagerly waiting to see how he will contribute to the team’s performance. With the T20 World Cup looming, Gul’s appointment could prove to be a game-changer for the team’s chances of success.