The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has honored veteran fast-bowler Umar Gul with a crystal plaque for his services to the country.
Umar Gul was honored especially for his five-fer against New Zealand during the ICC T20 World Cup 2009. In that match, he conceded only six runs.
His figures were the best in T20I cricket until Ajantha Mendis claimed 6-16 in 2011 against Australia at the Pallekele.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman, Ehsan Mani presented the shield to Umar Gul at the headquarters.
Gul, in his interview with the PCB website, said, “My every appearance and performance has been for Pakistan and it has been a privilege to represent my country and team, and play a small part in its successes.”
He added, “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 to the country’s image and profile building.”
The speedster thanked the cricket body and hoped that this trend would continue in cricket Pakistan’s culture.
Umar Gul said, “I sincerely hope this trend continues and all the cricketers get their due recognition in front of their fans.”
“Such gestures will not only act as an encouragement for the players but also play a big role in motivating youngsters to take up cricket as a profession.”