Discarded Pakistani pacer Umar Gul has lashed out against the former team management headed by Waqar Younis for not giving him a chance during its tenure. Speaking to the press ahead of a practice session, Gul opened up about his mindset after being excluded from Pakistan’s setup for quite some time. The ‘Guldozer’ as he is referred to for his abilities to deliver the toe crushing yorkers, was extremely critical about the team management for not testing him.
“As a senior player, you expect to be backed when you are coming back from an injury but the previous team management didn’t do justice with me as they played me in only a few matches and then discarded me, said a dejected Gul.
With Pakistan all set to tour England for four tests, five ODI’s and a T20I fixture, Gul has reasons to feel disheartened by the way he has been treated by his side. On Pakistan’s previous tour to England, Gul had a fantastic time as he was at his supreme best and registered his career best ODI figures in the ODI series.
“On your comebacks, you need more opportunities to get in rhythm and not just one or two outings because your confidence is low,” Gul added. “I was just feeling my way back against New Zealand and then I was dropped after two T20Is. I still feel that I wasn’t given a fair crack of the whip.”
“I’ve suffered quite a few injuries in my career but as a fast-bowler you’re prone to them. People wrote me off after the career-threatening back injury at the very start of my career, but I came back stronger than ever, which fuels my belief that I can still have a part to play for Pakistan,” the pacer said, mentioning the past.
Expecting the new selection panel headed by former skipper Inzamam Ul Haq to give him a chance, Gul said, “I’m hoping that the current selection committee, led by Inzamamul Haq, will give me a chance.” “I’ve played under Inzi bhai and he knows my attitude towards the game so I’m hopeful that under this new regime, a call up to the national side is around the corner. As a player, all I need to do is to remain fit and keep performing to get noticed.”