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UAE Cricketer Muhammad Usman Announces Retirement from International Cricket

Veteran UAE Batsman Calls Time on Career After 85 International Matches

UAE Cricketer Muhammad Usman Announces Retirement from International Cricket

UAE batter Muhammad Usman has announced his retirement from international cricket, concluding a distinguished career with the UAE national team. The Lahore-born cricketer has been a key figure in UAE cricket, representing the team in 85 international matches, which include 38 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 47 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), over the span of six years.

Usman’s journey in international cricket began in February 2016 when he made his debut in a T20I against the Netherlands. His performance in this format was noteworthy and set the stage for his subsequent ODI debut later that year against Scotland. Throughout his career, Usman has accumulated a significant number of runs and has been a dependable middle-order batsman for the UAE team. In his 38 ODI matches, he scored a total of 1008 runs at an average of 31.50. His ODI career includes one century and four half-centuries, showcasing his ability to anchor innings and play crucial roles in matches.

UAE Cricketer Muhammad Usman Announces Retirement from International Cricket

In the T20I format, Usman played 47 matches, amassing 891 runs with three fifties to his credit. His contributions in T20Is have been valuable, with his performances reflecting his adaptability and skill in the shortest format of the game. One of the highlights of his career was his participation in the 2016 Asia Cup, where he stood out as the top scorer for the UAE. Over seven games in the tournament, Usman scored 176 runs, significantly contributing to the team’s performance.

Born in Lahore, Usman also had a notable domestic career, with appearances in five first-class matches and 58 List-A games. In List-A cricket, he scored 1517 runs at an average of 34.47, including nine fifties and a century. His domestic performances provided a solid foundation for his international career, demonstrating his consistent ability to score runs across various formats.

Usman’s last appearances in international cricket were in February 2022, where he played ODIs against Oman and T20Is against Nepal. His retirement marks the end of a significant chapter in UAE cricket, and his contributions over the years will be remembered by fans and teammates alike.

At 38 years old, Usman expressed his heartfelt gratitude for the opportunities he had during his cricketing career. He acknowledged the support he received from his teammates, coaches, and the cricket board. In his retirement statement, Usman conveyed his appreciation for the chance to represent the UAE in 85 international matches and his desire to continue being involved in the sport in some capacity.

Usman said, “It has been an incredible journey with the UAE cricket team and the cricket board. I would like to thank everyone who played a role in my journey including my teammates, coaches, and other support staff. I feel blessed and proud that I got the opportunity to represent the UAE in 85 international matches. I am looking forward to the next chapter in my life as I want to remain associated with the sport. I wish the UAE team and the players the very best in what is a very exciting time for the game in the country.” His retirement marks the end of an era for UAE cricket, and his legacy will continue to inspire future generations of cricketers.

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