After a struggling career, Abdur Rehman has announced his retirement from international cricket on Wednesday, 10th October.
The Sialkot-born spinner will continue to play in domestic cricket but has exited from international scene after being ignored from series after series.
Despite being ignored towards the end of his career, Rehman played a crucial role in Pakistan cricket. He was at the forefront of Pakistan’s whitewash series victory over England in 2012.
The left-arm spinner managed a total of 19 wickets in the series and formed a devastating partnership with Saeed Ajmal to dismantle the English team.
Abdur Rehman made his debut in 2006 during a limited over home series against West Indies. He brought a unique skillset to Pakistan’s cricket team where he relied mainly on flatter trajectory and accuracy.
His performance in the limited-over impressed the selectors and in the following year, Rehman went to make his Test debut against South Africa at home.
His Test debut saw him pick up 2 four-wicket hauls and he was the highest wicket taker in the series. Despite an amazing display of bowling, Rehman was dropped and he had to wait three years to play his next Test match. He was eventually recalled in 2010 and featured for Pakistan till 2014 before being dropped again.
Abdur Rehman can be perhaps considered as a victim of poor structure of Pakistan’s cricket and selection process, like many others; Fawad Alam, Asim Kamal and so on. His performances on domestic stage are unparalleled with over 900 wickets across all formats.