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Pakistan off-spinner Abdur Rehman has announced his retirement from international cricket. He represented Pakistan in 22 Test matches, 31 ODIs and 8 T20Is, picking up 140 wickets across all three formats of the game.

The 38-year old is best known for his heroics against England in the UAE in 2012. He took 19 wickets in the Test series in which Pakistan registered a 3-0 whitewash of the tourists.

"It's a very difficult decision to retire from international cricket and I take it with a heavy heart," said Rehman, who has not represented Pakistan in international cricket since 2014.

"The partnership with Saeed was really great and I can't ever forget that England series when we clean swept them.

"I played in World Cups, in T20s so am very grateful I managed all that. I'm sad I couldn't get that 100th wicket, that would've really been something, but I'm still grateful for 99 wickets in 22 Tests. Very few left-arm spinners have that."

Rehman played his first international match in 2006 in an ODI against West Indies in Faisalabad – 9 years after he made his domestic debut for Habib Bank Limited in 1997-98.

He will continue to play domestic cricket. He has taken 640 wickets from 179 first-class matches, and 237 wickets from 169 List A appearances.

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