Pakistan left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman retires from international cricket

Ninety-nine and disappeared. The spinner of Pakistan's left arm, Abdur Rehman, who along with Saeed Ajmal, was a key figure in the early years of the Misbah era, said goodbye to international cricket.

International cricket can argue that it did the same with Rehman 38, more than four years ago, when it played its last game, a Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo. He took three windows in one loss and what he would have given for just one more – that would have been a 100th test window, making him the second spinner on the left arm from Pakistan to that reference point (Iqbal Qasim is still the only one [19659002] "It is a very difficult decision to withdraw from international cricket and I take it with a heavy heart," said Rehman, who intends to continue playing domestic cricket and seek opportunities on the T20 circuit.

Although he will be remembered for his contributions to the Misbah era , Rehman debuted under the captaincy of Inzamam-ul-Haq, in an ODI series against the West Indies in 2006-07. He even picked up eight windows in his Test debut against South Africa in October 2007 before leaving the contest in an attack which was based on the main turn option of the Danish Kaneria.

But it was only when Misbah took over the captaincy and changed it aimed to turn in the UAE United that Rehman entered his element. He quickly became the perfect complement for Ajmal, his quick left arm swing snatching a succession of batters overseas.

The peak came in the 2011-12 sweep in England, where it picked up 19 windows. Ajmal made the headlines, but it was Rehman who secured the important Abu Dhabi victory, a 6-25 win for England, the best of his career, with 72, when the goal was only 145.

All that year It was productive. In the first 13 tests of the Mishah captaincy, he took 64 windows, in places as unlikely as New Zealand.

"The partnership with Saeed was really great and I can never forget that the series from England when we cleaned them swept them away". he said. "I played in the World Cups, in T20, so I'm very grateful to have achieved all that, I'm sad because I could not get that number 100, that would have been something, but I'm still grateful for 99 fields in 22 Tests. spinners on the left arm have that. "

He never returned to those heights, although it must be said that he never stopped taking windows. At the end of 2012, he was suspended for 12 weeks for not passing a drug test, but if he had obtained one more window in his last test, he would have been the third fastest Pakistani to reach the milestone in terms of tests played. His last test, as it turned out, was also the last Ajmal test. Soon after, Pakistan introduced Yasir Shah and, instead of Rehman, Zulfiqar Babar, and that was it.

However, not even the odd ending of his ODI career, when he was barred from bowling for delivering three successive illegal launches even before he had released a legal delivery (thus producing 0-0-8 figures) -0), will eclipse what was a short but elegant career.


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