Pakistan v Sri Lanka 2013-14 December 21, 2013

Umar Gul joins ODI squad in UAE

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Umar Gul, the Pakistan fast bowler, will return to international cricket following a nine-month injury layoff, after the selectors included him in the squad for the remainder of the ODI series against Sri Lanka in the UAE. He will join the squad on Sunday, ahead of the third of five matches.

"The national selection committee in consultation with the tour selection committee has decided to send Umar Gul to UAE as part of national ODI squad," the PCB said. "He will join the Pakistan team on December 22."

The decision to pick Gul was made after Pakistan lost the second ODI in Dubai by six wickets despite posting 284, due to sloppy bowling in the death overs. Following the defeat, which left the series 1-1, Pakistan's captain Misbah-ul-Haq immediately expressed concern about the lack of experience among his bowlers.

Gul sustained a knee injury in March during the second ODI against South Africa in Centurion, and missed five series since, including the Champions Trophy. Following the injury, he travelled to Australia for surgery and after six weeks of rest, began his rehabilitation. He eased himself back into competitive cricket by featuring in List A matches in October and went on to play the Department Twenty20 Cup for Habib Bank, but his form remained unimpressive.

Gul was to make a return against South Africa in October after regaining full fitness, but lacked match practice and continued his rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. He subsequently failed a fitness Test before the announcement of the ODI squad for the Sri Lanka series, and was asked to continue playing domestic cricket to regain his rhythm and form. He did that by taking 11 wickets against Port Qasim Authority in the President's Trophy.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • on December 25, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    gul has already shown his quality by taking 2 quick wickets and that led pakistan team to a big win...i hope he will perform well in future matches but as shoib akhter said he just came back frm an injury so he should be given little breaks...

  • on December 22, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    Umar Gul nais gems T20 which harm his bowling

  • Crick_Chater on December 22, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    Why Bilawal is always preferred over Anwar Ali. This gem should have been picked when he performed in under 19 world cup against India, same team which had the likes of Rohit Sharmas.

    It is surprising we gave chance to Mohammed Aamir who was only 17 and yet no one realized Anwar Ali potential. This is how things happen in Pakistan.

  • Riz000 on December 22, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Selfish Hafeez again coming before shoiab maqsood unbelievable can this guy will ever get dropped?? where is Haris Sohial whats the point taking him on tour when you wont play him a game??

  • on December 22, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    Good decision

  • on December 22, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Good luck Gull

  • loostalker on December 22, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    let see how Gul performs,its a big decision to send him.

  • on December 22, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    ." I'm quite a fan of Junaid's yorkers too."Want to see Gul yorkers back in action.. Gul vs Malinga today..

  • on December 22, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    i think so he will bring change again in bowling attack and will be helpful for Pakistan team .

  • on December 22, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Batting would be the main key to win the match

  • on December 25, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    gul has already shown his quality by taking 2 quick wickets and that led pakistan team to a big win...i hope he will perform well in future matches but as shoib akhter said he just came back frm an injury so he should be given little breaks...

  • on December 22, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    Umar Gul nais gems T20 which harm his bowling

  • Crick_Chater on December 22, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    Why Bilawal is always preferred over Anwar Ali. This gem should have been picked when he performed in under 19 world cup against India, same team which had the likes of Rohit Sharmas.

    It is surprising we gave chance to Mohammed Aamir who was only 17 and yet no one realized Anwar Ali potential. This is how things happen in Pakistan.

  • Riz000 on December 22, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Selfish Hafeez again coming before shoiab maqsood unbelievable can this guy will ever get dropped?? where is Haris Sohial whats the point taking him on tour when you wont play him a game??

  • on December 22, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    Good decision

  • on December 22, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Good luck Gull

  • loostalker on December 22, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    let see how Gul performs,its a big decision to send him.

  • on December 22, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    ." I'm quite a fan of Junaid's yorkers too."Want to see Gul yorkers back in action.. Gul vs Malinga today..

  • on December 22, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    i think so he will bring change again in bowling attack and will be helpful for Pakistan team .

  • on December 22, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Batting would be the main key to win the match

  • on December 22, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    I think gul should replace tanvir and bhatti should start with the new ball. In previous match bhatti bowled well. Although he didn't got any wicket but his line and speed was well.

  • K_Jan on December 22, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    When Gul came on international stage he was a good swing bowler but he concentrate more on T20 which harm his bowling he dosn't remain a swing bowler,thats why his tests & odis stats not that good compare to T20.Pcb should give chances to young bowlers with good first class averages.Gul will be my first choice only for T20.

  • on December 22, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Nothing will be change. Nothing can do to this dude gul. Damn bowler. Lions will punish him to never come again. Specially from kusal. hikzzzzzzzz

  • on December 22, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Well one thing ti watch out for is umer gul's rustiness when making a comeback after a long layoff such as this like his previous returns after an injury. You might find him all over the place in this all important 3rd tie of the series.

  • Abdullah07272 on December 22, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    Guys,I want to know that umar gul was fully fit

  • on December 22, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    hope gull will play well

  • on December 22, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    welcome back umar gul....i am very happy to see him back in pakistan team

  • Mattoo66 on December 22, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    i think its a good decision.pakistan desperately needed an experienced bowler to contain sri lanka up front and in the back end.Gul is a tried and tested character.im sure he will deliver.

  • on December 22, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    good to see him back in action....

  • on December 22, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    good to see him back in action.......

  • on December 22, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    May b pak is biit worried about sl batting power n a 4-1 lost 2 sl.... Best luck 2 both team

  • on December 22, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    good decision.gul's back.bhatti needs good coaching like waqar to learn how to bowl under presure

  • on December 22, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    he's yorker specialist. his reverse swinging yorkers will make difference. .!

  • on December 22, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    I would say its a gud decision and it will now be a competitive in the bowlers to perform well to keep the place in the side...tanvir shud be replaced...and the attack will be penetrable... Gudluck Team green

  • ShehzadKhan on December 22, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Pakistan lost by only 2 wickets. Please check your facts dude. http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan-v-sri-lanka-2013-14/engine/match/657639.html

  • on December 22, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    welcome back umar gul

  • on December 22, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    This is the most awaiting thing i have been waiting for. He will make a huge difference.

  • yaseenpak on December 22, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    good decision by pcb to bring gul back.....i think umar gul is the best available option for pak as irfan is not fit and tanvir and bhatti noy causing any troubles to sril lankan batsman.....hope he will prove his worth and show his haters y is he been selected.....gud luck umar gul and both teams.....may the better team win

  • sufyankhan25 on December 22, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    Good decision,keeping in mind Pakistan almost lost 1st ODI and lost 2nd due to bad bowling performance. its time to bring back Gul Bravo !!

  • on December 22, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    Anwar Ali, Bhatti, Sharjeel, Sohaib Maqsood, and Haris Sohail must be give chance regularly to build their confidence. And Sohail Tanveer, Umar Ameen should be given Red Card for ever. Junaid Khan iz a big thing in future. Umar Gul is ok sometimes but new pacers need to be polished. Sharjeel and Sohaib is the best discovery of 2013.

  • on December 22, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    Sohail tanveer shud be drop and gul is the perfect replacement

  • Bilai on December 22, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Pakistan didn't lose the 2nd ODI by six wickets as the report says. Pak lost by two wickets..

  • Tbilisi on December 22, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    Now a days of international cricket it must be one experienced bowler or batsman in the team. gull is very well known player in international cricket. as per my opinion he should be in the team and as well as his past record, he is wicket taking bowler & most ideal for T20 cricket (reverse swing). he will make difference for sure. Some times he is expensive but he takes key wickets which is most important .

  • on December 22, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    Good Umar Gul .

  • Cric_bhai on December 22, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Welcome back GULL-DOZER!! We missed your death bowling soooo much :').

  • on December 22, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    If pakistan had one fast bowler like umer gul in 2nd ODI, they would have won match easily. Best of luck to Umer gul for this series. We want you fit and in form for coming T20 world cup.

  • on December 22, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Its is been a great decision by pcb as from here on words v been calculating our best team to take part in the next world cup in bangladesh

  • on December 22, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    If he replace Bhatti, What will it does to the confidence of Bhatti? I don't remember when Gul bowled well in one dayers of late. It is like picking someone and hoping for the best. It will put both Gul And Bhatti career on the brink.

  • on December 22, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    I don't think that would make any difference.

  • on December 22, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    I m sure gul and junid will do a great job

  • on December 22, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Pakistan can bring even Wasim Akram back to the side to win balance three matches. Thay have scored high because they have hard hitters and sri lankan poor fast bowling attack which helped them by the new rule of only four players outside the 30 yd circle.Sri Lanka also should bring hard hitters like Thisara, Prasanna, Sachithra and Nuwan to retaliate Pakistan attack.

  • st_aubrun on December 22, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    11 wickets against PQA in domestic means nothing except that knee works. It will take him the rest of the SL series before can raise his game and rhythm again to an international level.

  • on December 22, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    its seems that pakistan bowling attack is strong now .good decision by pcb

  • on December 22, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    Bad decision!!! Lost one match and straight away you decided to go back to old guns.. Negative and intermediated approach...Dear PCB go for the future, don't live in the PAST...

  • on December 22, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    its a great decision from the pcb it will make a big difference in the pak team which will help them to win

  • on December 22, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    Good Decision.. PCT was desperately in need of him after seeing performance of bowlers in death overs..

  • on December 22, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Gull's reutrn is good news for Pakistan which is clearly lacking experienced bowler in death overs . This is the time to give rest to Tanvir, Bhatti also had few chances now Anwar Ali should be given a chance. In the meantime they should be persistent with Junaid Khan.

  • on December 22, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Great news, Guldozer will balance Pakistan's bowling attack. He should replace Tanveer and Anwer Ali should replace bhatti. I wanted to see Junaid with Gul after that #AneyDo encounter in India.

  • on December 22, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    Wish you all the best Umar Gul we want to see in full rythem.. best of luck

  • on December 22, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    tbis is good available choice. old is gold i reckon instead of short man bhatti so good move by PCB.

  • on December 22, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    Brace yourselves, The toe crusher is coming! I hope he regain his international form ASAP, Be afraid Srilanka, Be very afraid. #Guldozer

  • on December 22, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    Gul welcome back.He is the most senior among all the bowling attack and I think pakistan now can defend total around 250 easily .I am really waiting for gul's yorker ....

  • ajasp on December 22, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    Its a right decision but then again its a panic sign.... I would call it half good move....

  • on December 22, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    sl have better chance to win. thay got every plays are alrounders.

  • on December 22, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    lasith malinga is a brilliant bowler ,he always balls when the power play comes and batsman taking risk to hit all the balls... plz guys dont blame him........

  • on December 22, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    Good decision by selection committee, as the death bowling is very weak in the absence of irfan. Umar guls return will boost bowling. ....thank u

  • on December 22, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    i hope that sohail tanvir is out

  • sewan on December 22, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    Adding Umar Gul makes No difference, it is going to be SL all the way.Paks u have No answer to Sri Lanka Lions.

  • shiraz210 on December 22, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    welcome back GUL after your injury. Gul will replace Tanveer and anwar ali can replace bhatti.

    bhatt need experience and we didn't see that bowling which he showed in first ODI against south africa.

    give a chance UMER Akmal at number 4 that he can prove him self if he is not sincere with his talent kick him back to NCA and give bring young talented wk batsmen Rizwan is the best option after this series..

    BEST OF LUCK GREEN.

  • on December 22, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    @ Abdul Subhan Sheikh. What is Lankans own medicine? Bringing Gul in will help. But its not the medicine required to cure Pak's problems.

  • JohnSnider on December 22, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    PCB is now very active and makes best decisions . Soon Pakistan would become a super power in Cricket.Talented Youngster should be picket early age and sent to camps with all paid expenses and continued education.

    Under 14 to 19 is the time to look for talent, sponsor should be found and put on low fruit and veggie carbohydrates . Along with Whey proteins within an hour of heavy work out, use pure Coconut oil cooked food and lots lean meat hormone free Goat meat, is for perfect strength.

    No sweets , soda or anything contains sugar unless it is pure honey. This is the the secret and secret is out for the world.

  • on December 22, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    Now Pakistan have good chances to win this serious

  • on December 22, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    good luck for Gul and Pakistan.hopefully they will win today and rest of the matches as well.

  • on December 22, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    Malinga u need to back to track......we need nothing.....rest of members doing well

  • on December 22, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    gul can only take wickets when batsmen are throwing their bats violently at every ball... he is a good choice for t20 but he has Proven useless for any other format for almost eternity.. we need to inject pace in the bowling I still wonder why muhammad talha has never been given a proper chance to prove his metal... I miss the times when we had 150 plus bowlers in our team and on our bench

  • greenluv on December 22, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    i am a big fan of his bowling but this is just not right to bring him back in ODI series to win the series he will be good but keep him for t20 only please. You need to keep on giving chances to new talent.

  • on December 22, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    I hope he is still can bowl those Yorker overs. Best available choice.

  • on December 22, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    good have umar gul but also pakistan team need good wicketkeeper .one drop catch , stumps or runout mis by wicket keeper change the while result of winning into losing match

  • Desihungama on December 22, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    With Gul in the team, Misbah will surely give new ball to Junaid who was being under utilized while coming to bowl late because of reverse swing. Gul is more than capable to handle if and when ball reverses. In fact that is probably only armor he's got.

  • Saif-Ali on December 22, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    That is the gud sign of pcb i request to pcb that plz do farewel to sohail tanvir he is expensive & doesn't take wickets im a local player but as he play i think im better bowler than him & better batsman as well as he is totaly useless

  • on December 22, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    Umar gul is a great bowler. he aint an old horse nor useless, although irfan has done much better and is top priority when available. There arnt much bowlers in the world these days bowling perfect 6 yorkers in death. Umar gul can be a perfect choice for current time still its very difficult for him returning from injury and taking all pressure. Good luck to Umar Gul. Hope captain utilizes his bowlers properly which was also a factor in losing 2nd match.

  • mensan on December 22, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    Will be great boost for PAK team!

  • on December 22, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    @billbowden please click on the link (his name) in the beginning of the article and have a look. Can you name one better bowler from domestic cricket witht the pace he has ?

  • Siva_Bala75 on December 22, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    The availability of good pacers in Pakistan is amazing. No other country, with the exception of Australia, has this luxury. Great news for Pakistan.

  • on December 22, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    My god the pakistaniis take winning so seriously. They should be building their. Team up with young talents instead they loose one match and they are rattled! They have gone and recalled another has been who has not played any cricket for Seven months. Good luck to them and hope common sense will prevail.

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:56 GMT

    he will make Pak attack strong conditionaly 100 percent fit. wish him all the best.

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    umar gul is a good death bowler t20 or odi

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:16 GMT

    This what we needed ...amazing bowler ...@billborden311 you seem to be someone either not supporting Pakistan or someone who knows nothjng abbout cricket... you will see the difference tomorrow. ..go green team ... good luck to our brothers sirilankans. ..also ...:)

  • sohailmalik1985 on December 22, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    Yeaaaaah thats very good he is outstanding bowler. Pakistan was really missing a specialist and wicket taker fast bowler after muhammad irfan injury. junaid, gul, irfan, ajmal, afridi and hafeez waoooooooo what a lethal attack pakistan have if batting continues the current touch than Insha ALLAH no one stops pakistan from winning upcoming T20 world cup. Hope irfan will recover soon

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    we would love to see his yorkers again...

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:32 GMT

    Hmm... so that means Gull will land in Sharjah, will rush straight to the stadium and take in part in an international game... Interesting.

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:16 GMT

    Thank God

    Gully Bhai is back

    Please Selectors drop Tanvir and play Gul then we will win the series without a doubt

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    Its a very good sign for Pakistan and Pakistan definitely need him in death overs by the way Sohail tanvir is avg bowler and should be sidelined. Anwar ali would give a chance in place of Bilawal bhatti

  • Herath-UK on December 21, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    Will be glad to see him in action in the series,he is a top class bowler & will bring more drama to the matches. Sri Lanka better face him & win the series. Ranil Herath _ Kent

  • on December 21, 2013, 22:53 GMT

    Didn't enjoy cricket for a while until this tour. Thanks to both teams. Great cricket to be seen for next few weeks.

  • shahnbej on December 21, 2013, 22:43 GMT

    Wrong decision by PCB. He is no doubt best bowler but we should try youngsters like Usman, Talha or etc. The timing for his return is totally wrong, he should include in Asian cup.

  • on December 21, 2013, 22:20 GMT

    Good move by PCB, but the question is that can he perform in a pressure game

  • MrKessel on December 21, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    Great news for Pakistan ODI squad. In my opinion he should play every T20 & ODI game for next couple years and hopefully Amir will be back by then. Imagine facing Amir, Junaid, Gul, Irfan, Ajmal, Afrid, Hafeez in 2015 World Cup. This bowling line up can easily 200 defend on any given day on most pitches around the world. They don't all have to play at once either, you can rotate them for rest & bench strength.

  • on December 21, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    gul is very good bowler in short format of the game for Pakistan and his experience will help Pakistan bowl well against Sri lanka.

    I think it's time to say good bye to Sohail Tanveer for the last time and move on while playing with better bowlers.

  • wrenx on December 21, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    Bit sceptical about how Gul will cope with the new ODI playing conditions he'll be coming into. He was one of the few bowlers who could get reverse-swing in ODIs (when he actually pitched it up, instead of all the mid-pitch rubbish we're used to from him.) Also, the extra fielder in the ring might prove tricky for Gul as well. We'll have to wait and see, but I think it's going to be tough for him

  • on December 21, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    Pakistan Batting been decent in past two games but they are not consistence all the time, if they fail Pak bowling attack even with Gull wont be able to stop SL cus they bat deep down to Malinga

  • Sports4Youth on December 21, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    Another bad news for Pakistan supporters. Why dont the selectors and Misbah realise that TANVIR & GUL are T20 bowlers. ONly that In T20's GUL is better than Tanvir. As far as ODI's are concerned both of them have failed to make any mark. BELOW ARE THE STATS OF THE PAKISTANI BOWLERS IN 2013.

    Pakistan's bowling figures In the last 2 years:

    JUNAID K: 29 ODI'S, 55 wickets, Avg - 21.69, Eco - 5.04.

    M.IRFAN : 25 ODI'S, 39 wickets, Avg - 25, Eco - 4.57.

    UMAR GUL: 18 ODI'S, 18 wickets, Avg - 43.38 and Eco - 5.57.

    S.TANIVR : 15 ODI'S, 12 wickets, Avg - 52.66 , Eco - 5.37.

    W. RIAZ : 17 ODI's, 10 Wickets, Avg - 66.60, Eco - 5.86.

    S. AJMAL : 47 ODI's, 85 Wickets, Avg - 21.22 , Eco - 4.21.

    S.AFRIDI : 38 ODI's, 41 Wickets, Avg - 34.90, Eco - 4.78

    M.HAFEEZ: 48 ODI's, 33 Wickets, Avg - 45.36 , Eco - 3.88

    .

  • roook on December 21, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    Gul balls good with old ball but with 2 new ball rule it will be a new challenge for him only time will tell

  • on December 21, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    it still scary. misbah may ruin the whole set up.. his poor decisions.. he may replace him with junaid and continue his love for suhail tanveer.

  • AmmarRajar on December 21, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    Gul is the need of Pakistan team...he is best for odi and t20...from now he should not be included in test team..

  • on December 21, 2013, 21:12 GMT

    Our young pacers. Anwar Ali and Bilawal are good but they lack experience. Gully is the best option in the absence of irfan. He is good enough in death bowling. Anwar ali is good allrounder but he lack pace which is not sufficient for death bowling, and hardly his ball reach to the keeper. Good move by PCB.. Lets see what happen ahead.

  • Bilal_Bangash on December 21, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    It will be Great to see Gul and Junaid bowling together and it will definately make stonger the bowling department of Pakistan... We missed You GulDozar.. hope u have Great Come Back and my best wishes are always with you..!! (Y)

  • on December 21, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    Gul is very good bowler hope he doing well .he can bat as well. good luck Umar gul

  • IAS2009 on December 21, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    Anwar Ali is so much better than Sohail Tanveer, I am not sure why ST in team for so long, he just leak runs and horrible is field, they would rather play AR if they don't have any bowlers. Umer Gul has past its prime in my opinion. i think he is not needed at this point if Anwar Ali is in squad.

  • on December 21, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    Pakistan bowling will be pumped up after his inclusion in the side and tanveer definitely should be out now

  • on December 21, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    Now its time to give Lankans a taste of their own medicine!

  • on December 21, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    Come on umar gul give srilankans ur doz

  • on December 21, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    Now its time to give the lankans a taste of their own medicine!

  • on December 21, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    Please do not pick Sohail Tanvir

  • Aane_do on December 21, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    No doubt over the capability of umar Gull he is an asset for pakistan. A fast bowler has shoulder Back and knee solid strong and without injuries.. unfortunately he has done surgeries of Shoulder back and knee. so i think his time is near to finish he has time left for playing cricket until the next injury. till then pakistan need to groom more fast bowlers along with junaid irfan and gull. Returning of Amir will also add value in pakistani fast bowling department. Bhatti is kind of Mohammad sami caliber who has got the pace but not able to bowl on consistant line and length.

  • on December 21, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    we are happy to seen umar gul back in squad

  • on December 21, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    I think Anwar Ali must give a chance,instead of Tanvir Sohail,i dont understand why he (Sohail Tanvir) is giving so many chances,he is not so useful bowler,so let Anwar Ali come in 3rd odi,now Umer Gul in squad,so Anwar Ali should b good combination.

  • farhan.ee on December 21, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    A sensible decision but Umar Gul should not be considered for the test series. He is a useful bowler for T20s and ODIs only. A very surprising decision by team management so far by preferring Sohail Tanvir over Anwar Ali. So possibly, Junaid Khan might be dropped (after picking 6 wickets in 2 ODIs) for Umar Gul as Sohail Tanvir is the best bowler Pakistan has ever produced in the history ;)

  • on December 21, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    Yeah. Umar Gul best bowler..... Well come back we missed u a lot.... <3

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on December 21, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    I think situation demands Gul's call back he is the only option we can't relay on Tanvir and Bilawal Bhatti against Srilanka. Its not that Gul is gaunted to make a difference but we have no choice at the moment. Situation demands this and its a gamble but we'll have to take this chances.

  • on December 21, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    he is ok for odis and best for t20s but not for tests. anwar should also get chance. they may make 2 changes and bring both anwar and guk for bhatti and tanvir. 1st choice would be a fit irfan.

  • on December 21, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    Just what we need, if our batting is still good no way we can lose with Junaid/Gul hope our spinners do better tomorrow

  • on December 21, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    Pak was def missing this experience and death over bowling in the setup. Thumbs up to PCB for once. Hope Gul comes good despite short notice call up.

  • billbowden311 on December 21, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Personally, I just want him to play in this ODI series, and then I want him out. He is an old horse who is useless for pakistan. I would rather have him play only t20s as that is what he is good at. I really hope he does not play any tests, because he is terrible! And shows no signs whatsoever of improving at all. I'd prefer if anwar ali would play in the next ODI, he proved how good he was, so why don't they let him play? Did you guys see him South Africa? He was terrible! I hope once Mohammed irfan returns, they let gul leave and play only t20s. And I mention this one more time, I really hope he does not play within the tests!

  • on December 21, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    gul is a good bowler sl vs pak 3rd odi is would be a good seris forever good luck both Asian team

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  • on December 21, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    gul is a good bowler sl vs pak 3rd odi is would be a good seris forever good luck both Asian team

  • billbowden311 on December 21, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Personally, I just want him to play in this ODI series, and then I want him out. He is an old horse who is useless for pakistan. I would rather have him play only t20s as that is what he is good at. I really hope he does not play any tests, because he is terrible! And shows no signs whatsoever of improving at all. I'd prefer if anwar ali would play in the next ODI, he proved how good he was, so why don't they let him play? Did you guys see him South Africa? He was terrible! I hope once Mohammed irfan returns, they let gul leave and play only t20s. And I mention this one more time, I really hope he does not play within the tests!

  • on December 21, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    Pak was def missing this experience and death over bowling in the setup. Thumbs up to PCB for once. Hope Gul comes good despite short notice call up.

  • on December 21, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    Just what we need, if our batting is still good no way we can lose with Junaid/Gul hope our spinners do better tomorrow

  • on December 21, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    he is ok for odis and best for t20s but not for tests. anwar should also get chance. they may make 2 changes and bring both anwar and guk for bhatti and tanvir. 1st choice would be a fit irfan.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on December 21, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    I think situation demands Gul's call back he is the only option we can't relay on Tanvir and Bilawal Bhatti against Srilanka. Its not that Gul is gaunted to make a difference but we have no choice at the moment. Situation demands this and its a gamble but we'll have to take this chances.

  • on December 21, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    Yeah. Umar Gul best bowler..... Well come back we missed u a lot.... <3

  • farhan.ee on December 21, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    A sensible decision but Umar Gul should not be considered for the test series. He is a useful bowler for T20s and ODIs only. A very surprising decision by team management so far by preferring Sohail Tanvir over Anwar Ali. So possibly, Junaid Khan might be dropped (after picking 6 wickets in 2 ODIs) for Umar Gul as Sohail Tanvir is the best bowler Pakistan has ever produced in the history ;)

  • on December 21, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    I think Anwar Ali must give a chance,instead of Tanvir Sohail,i dont understand why he (Sohail Tanvir) is giving so many chances,he is not so useful bowler,so let Anwar Ali come in 3rd odi,now Umer Gul in squad,so Anwar Ali should b good combination.

  • on December 21, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    we are happy to seen umar gul back in squad