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Pak­istan’s Umar Gul re­tires from all cricket

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Quar­tararo claims Aragon pole

Mo­toGP cham­pi­onship leader Fabio Quar­tararo shrugged off a nasty high speed crash in third prac­tice on Satur­day to claim pole for Sun­day's Aragon Grand Prix in Al­cañiz, Spain. The young French­man took part in qual­i­fy­ing af­ter his sec­ond fall of the race week­end, let alone top the timesheets at the Aragon Mo­torland cir­cuit. The Yamaha satel­lite SRT rider, who es­caped with only bruis­ing on his right hip to add to the bruis­ing on his left hip from Fri­day's spill, is joined on the front row by Mav­er­ick Vi­nales. Cal Crutchlow com­pletes the front row, the Honda-LCR rider tak­ing third.

Rawalpindi, Pak­istan - Pak­istan bowler Umar Gul, who earned the nick­name 'Gul-dozer' for his rat­tling of stumps, has called time on his 17-year cricket ca­reer. With no crowds to bid farewell to the na­tional hero be­cause of coro­n­avirus re­stric­tions, the Twenty20 World Cup win­ner bowed out to a guard of hon­our from team­mates and op­po­nents af­ter his fi­nal match - a dis­ap­point­ing de­feat - in Rawalpindi on Fri­day.

"I want to be re­mem­bered as some­one who tried his best for the coun­try and it's flat­ter­ing that I was called 'Gul-dozer' dur­ing this mem­o­rable jour­ney in cricket," the 36 year old said.

It was a topsy-turvy jour­ney for Gul, whose af­fair with cricket be­gan on the crowded streets of Pe­shawar. He en­tered the in­ter­na­tional arena ex­actly a month af­ter the leg­endary pace duo of Wasim Akram and Waqar You­nis re­tired fol­low­ing Pak­istan's dis­as­trous 2003 World Cup.

He fin­ished with 163 Test and 179 ODI wick­ets, but he achieved his great­est success in T20 cricket, the start of his ca­reer co­in­cid­ing with the launch of the short­est for­mat in 2003.

Gul was at his de­struc­tive best in Eng­land in 2009, fin­ish­ing as the top wicket-taker of the T20 World Cup with 13. That in­cluded a mes­meris­ing five wick­ets for just six runs in the semi­fi­nal win over New Zealand.

"Win­ning the World Cup was the high­est point of my ca­reer," he said. "I re­mem­ber those were very tough days and there was un­rest in our coun­try so our win brought smiles back on the faces."

He later fea­tured in the in­au­gu­ral IPL in 2008, top­ping the chart for the Kolkata Knight Rid­ers with 12 wick­ets in six games - the only time Pak­istan play­ers were al­lowed to fea­ture in the world's most lu­cra­tive league.

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