Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has honoured former speedster Umar Gul’s brilliant spell of bowling against New Zealand in the 2009 ICC World T20 in England. Gul recorded the first-ever five-wicket haul in T20Is with his majestic swing bowling returning figures of 5/6 in three overs.
His destructive spell of bowling was crucial to Pakistan’s chances of advancing to the next stages of the tournament which eventually they won. Gul picked up another five-wicket haul in his illustrious career in the shortest format. His glorious figures remained the record in T20Is until Ajantha Mendis bettered it and later Deepak Chahar notched the record in his name.
Gul’s services to Pakistan cricket were honoured at the special ceremony held before the third T20I between Pakistan and Bangladesh as he was presented with a crystal plaque by PCB chairman Ehsan Mani.
“I am grateful to the PCB for remembering and acknowledging my achievement. This is a welcome change in the way the PCB is operating and respecting cricketers who have contributed in the country’s image and profile building”- Gul spoke on the occasion.