Kabul [Afghanistan], May 26 (ANI): Former Pakistan pacer Umar Gul on Wednesday has been appointed as the new bowling coach of Afghanistan.
Gul will begin his new role during the white-ball tour of Zimbabwe in June, when Afghanistan will play three ODIs followed by a further trio of T20Is in Harare.
The 39-year-old made 237 international appearances for Pakistan across formats, making a particularly notable impact in the white-ball game, taking 179 wickets in 130 ODI matches and bagging 85 in 60 T20Is with a miserly career economy of 7.19.
This will be Gul’s first coaching assignment in international cricket after serving as the bowling coach of Quetta Gladiators in the 2021 season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Gul will have to guide Afghanistan’s bowlers through a three-match ICC Cricket World Cup Super League series against Zimbabwe as that will help team Afghanisthan qualify for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.
Umar Gull was the highest wicket-taker in both the 2007 and 2009, T20 Cricket World Cup. He bagged 13 wickets in seven matches in both years and impressed everyone with his skills.
Afghanistan is preparing well for the upcoming T20 World Cup as they are one of eight teams already confirmed in the Super 12.
ODI squad: Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmat Shah (vc), Azmatullah Omarzai, Farid Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Ibrahim Zadran, Ikram Alikhail (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Mujib ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Rashid Khan, Riaz Hassan, Shahidullah Kamal, Yamin Ahmadzai, Zia ur Rahman Akbar
Reserves: Noor Ahmad, Nijat Masoud
T20I squad: Mohammad Nabi (c), Najibullah Zadran (vc), Afsar Zazai (wk), Azmatullah Omarzai, Darwish Rasooli, Farid Ahmad Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Hazratullah Zazai, Ihsanullah Janat, Karim Janat, Nijat Masoud, Noor Ahmad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Rashid Khan, Sharafuddin Ashraf and Usman Ghani
Reserves: Zahir Khan, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad. (ANI)