Pakistan Spinner Abdur Rehman Announces International Retirement
Pakistan spinner Abdur Rehman, on Wednesday (October 10), announced his retirement from international cricket. He, however, will continue to ply his trade in the domestic circuit.
Rehman made his international debut in 2006 but flourished under the captaincy of Misbah-ul-Haq, forming a potent attack with Saeed Ajmal. Arguably the finest moment of his career came in the 2012 series against England in the UAE in which Pakistan whitewashed the visitors. The left-arm spinner had gone on to take 19 wickets as he and Saeed Ajmal dismantled England with ease. During that series, he took a career-best 6-25 helping Pakistan bowl out England for 72, when the target was just 145.
However, his start-stop career never reached the peak. A spinner who relied more on accuracy rather than being a big-turner, he began his Test career with twin four-wicket hauls on debut. In his maiden Test series which was against South Africa at home, he finished the series as the highest wicket-taker for Pakistan. But it took him three more years to play another Test.
In domestic circuit, he continued to torment the opposition. So far he has picked up over 900 wickets across formats. Those consistent performances helped him earn recall in 2010. Since then, he was a regular starter till the 2014 tour of Sri Lanka after which he got dropped.
He took three wickets in his last Test which came during the Sri Lanka tour. One more wicket would have been his 100th Test wicket which would have made him only the second left-arm spinner from Pakistan to that landmark.
“It’s a very difficult decision to retire from international cricket and I take it with a heavy heart,” Rehman said.
He also played 31 ODIs but just could not make a big mark, ending up with just 30 wickets. Rehman featured in the 2011 World Cup where he performed well but lost his place in the side for the knockout games.