Abdur Rehman will be most remembered for his 19 wickets in the 2012 series against England in the UAE. @ AFP
Abdur Rehman will be most remembered for his 19 wickets in the 2012 series against England in the UAE. @ AFP

Abdur Rehman, the 38-year-old Pakistan left-arm spinner called time on his international career on Tuesday but will continue playing on the domestic circuit. Rehman, who made his ODI debut in 2006 against West Indies, went to play 31 one-dayers, 22 Tests and eight T20 Internationals between 2006 to 2014. He picked 140 wickets overall.

“I am announcing retirement from international cricket with a heavy heart,” Rehman said in Lahore on Wednesday. “It was a tough decision but I have decided to call it a day.”

Rehman will be most remembered for his 19 wickets in the 2012 series against England in the UAE where Pakistan registered a whitewash. “The partnership with Saeed Ajmal was really great and I can’t ever forget that England series when we clean swept them,” said Rehman.

“I played in World Cups, in T20s, so I am very grateful I managed all that. I’m sad I couldn’t get that 100th wicket, that would’ve really been something, but I’m still grateful for 99 wickets in 22 Tests. Very few left-arm spinners have that,” said Rehman.

Rehman’s Test career began with two four-wicket hauls on debut during the South Africa series in 2007. He was a regular in the Pakistan squad till the 2014 tour of Sri Lanka after which he got dropped. He featured in the 2011 World Cup, but was subsequently dropped for the knockout stages.