Umar Gul Released From Pakistan Test Squad

Umar Gul
Umar Gul will return to Pakistan to continue his recovery from injury
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Fast bowler Umar Gul has been released from Pakistan's Test squad and will head home from Abu Dhabi to continue his recovery from injury.

Gul was recalled to the One-Day International squad for the final three matches after a seven-month long absence due to a knee injury.

He played those three matches, helping Pakistan win the series 3-2, and was then named in the squad for the series of three Tests, and was in line to play a first five-day game since February.

However, he was not selected for the ongoing opening game in Abu Dhabi and will not feature in Dubai or Sharjah.

"Umar Gul is returning to Pakistan and has been advised to participate in domestic cricket to regain Test match fitness," a statement from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said.

Gul has played 47 Tests during his career, taking 163 wickets at an average of 34.06 with four five-wicket hauls.

With the 28-year-old unavailable, Pakistan opted for Junaid Khan, Bilawal Bhatti and Rahat Ali to lead their attack instead, dismissing Sri Lanka for 204 on the opening day.

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8th December: Pakistan v Afghanistan, Sharjah
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11th December: 1st T20I, Dubai
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13th December: 2nd T20I, Dubai
SRI 211-3 beat PAK 187 by 24 runs
18th December: 1st ODI, Sharjah
PAK 322-5 beat SRI 311 by 11 runs
20th December: 2nd ODI, Dubai
SRI 287-8 beat PAK 284-4 by 2 wickets
22nd December: 3rd ODI, Sharjah
PAK 326-5 beat SRI 213 by 113 runs
25th December: 4th ODI, Abu Dhabi
PAK beat SRI by 8 wickets
27th December: 5th ODI, Abu Dhabi
SRI 235-8 beat PAK 232 by 2 wickets
31st December-4th January: 1st Test, Abu Dhabi
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