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Pakistan spinner Abdur Rehman announces international retirement

Pakistan spinner Abdur Rehman announces international retirement

Pakistan spinner Abdur Rehman announces international retirement. He represented Pakistan in 22 Test matches, 31 ODIs and 8 T20Is, picking up 140 wickets across all three formats of the game.

Rehman announced himself on the world stage on his Test debut with identical figures of 4/105 in both the innings against South Africa in October 2007. He was dropped after the 2 match series though and had to wait for 3 years for his next Test appearance. He has been impressive ever since then though and has a rich haul of 95 Test wickets in just 20 matches.

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.

Pakistan spinner Abdur Rehman announces international retirement

“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.

Rehman featured in the 2011 World Cup where he performed efficiently but was axed for the knockout games. Rehman hasn’t represented Pakistan since 2014 and stiff competition for the spinners’ slot left him on the fringes.

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