Emirati Muhammad Usman ends his international career

Muhammad Usman

UAE batsman Muhammad Usman on Friday (June 28) announced his retirement from international cricket. The middle-order batsman has ended his international career after representing the UAE in a total of 85 international matches.

The 38-year-old, born in Lahore, played 38 ODIs and 47 T20Is for the UAE between 2016 and 2022. He made his debut for the UAE in February 2016 during a T20I against the Netherlands. In August of the same year, Muhammad Usman also made his ODI debut during the match against Scotland in Edinburgh.

Before representing the UAE in international cricket, the left-handed batsman also made his first-class debut against Netherlands in January 2016. He played a total of 5 first-class matches for the UAE.

In 38 ODIs, Muhammad Usman scored 1008 runs at an average of 31.50. He scored one century and five half-centuries in the 50 overs format. In T20Is, the left-hander scored 891 runs in 47 games with the help of three half-centuries.

He was also part of the UAE squad for the 2016 Asia Cup. He finished the tournament as the UAE’s leading run-scorer and third overall after scoring 176 runs in 7 games. In 5 first-class games, the veteran batsman scored 217 runs with the help of a century. His last appearance in ODIs and T20Is was in February 2022 against Oman and Nepal respectively.

It’s been an amazing journey: Muhammad Usman:

Muhammad Usman termed his journey in international cricket as incredible and expressed his gratitude to everyone who participated in his journey in cricket. He also expressed his desire to remain associated with the game after his playing career is over.

“It has been an amazing experience 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 to have had the opportunity to represent the UAE in 85 international matches.

“I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life as I want to continue to be involved in the sport. I would like to wish the UAE team and players all the best at this exciting time for the sport in the country,” said Muhammad Usman.