Cricket: Snubbed Razzaq off to greener shores

Published: April 26, 2012
Abdul Razzaq was overlooked for the fitness and training camp in Lahore and is now concentrating on a county stint to help him test his recovery from a shoulder injury. PHOTO: AFP

Abdul Razzaq was overlooked for the fitness and training camp in Lahore and is now concentrating on a county stint to help him test his recovery from a shoulder injury. PHOTO: AFP


Out-of-favour Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has opted to pursue his interests in England after being overlooked since the series against Sri Lanka as well as for the ongoing fitness tests in Lahore.

Razzaq will turn up for Leicestershire in the team’s Twenty20 campaign after having recovered from a shoulder injury ‘to an extent’. However, after being ignored by the coaching panel, headed by Dav Whatmore, that is conducting training and the fitness tests, Razzaq has decided to make this decision.

“I keep getting overlooked, maybe the authorities don’t like me,” Razzaq told The Express Tribune while expressing his disappointment on being ignored. “I can’t do anything about it because it’s up to them, they select the team.”

Several players, including the 37-year-old Mohammad Yousuf and sidelined wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal, were part of the camp held at the NCA, triggering talks of their return to the national team.

Meanwhile, the all-rounder, who has played 265 One-Day Internationals and 46 Tests for Pakistan, said he was ready to play cricket again.

“I’ll definitely love to make a return to the team like any other national cricketer. My shoulder injury has improved and hopefully I’ll attain complete fitness soon enough.”

However, the 32-year old, citing a lack of interest at the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) end, said he will feature in the county season to keep himself fit. “I will play in the Twenty20 event for my team Leicestershire and for that I will leave next month.”

While nursing the shoulder injury, Razzaq was embroiled in a controversy as he participated in the Bangladesh Premier League, leaving then chief selector Mohammad Illyas annoyed. Illyas claimed the all-rounder showed his unavailability for the national team due to the injury ahead of the England ODIs but went on to play the league.

However, Razzaq denied that this was the case, saying that he communicated to the official that he was unable to deliver a full quota of 10 overs due to the shoulder pain.

A senior PCB official also ruled out any disciplinary action against the all-rounder, saying inviting players for such initiatives are the discretion of the selection committee and the coaching panel.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 26th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Munna
    Apr 26, 2012 - 2:09AM

    This is the problem Pakistan cricket has to keep involved its past best players and just dont ignore them.


  • Rehman
    Apr 26, 2012 - 2:17AM

    Finally PCB ignores him. Hammad Azam should be given more chances than these half fit “Legend”


  • Bilal
    Apr 26, 2012 - 3:04AM

    Thank God. Now please don`t bother coming back.


  • JJ
    Apr 26, 2012 - 3:15AM

    He is experiance player he must RETURN in national team.


  • Hasan Awan
    Apr 26, 2012 - 3:49AM

    The Parchi system is prevalent in Pakistan and in Pakistani cricket too. Now a days Abdur Razzaq should know that a Tableeghi parchi is more common and that is why Muhammad Yousuf have been recalled despite he is pretty old but an in form player is out. I have seen videos of Maulana Shahid Afridi recently and Abdur Razzaq should take this noble path to be selected in the team.


  • Salim
    Apr 26, 2012 - 7:06AM

    Most of the pak cricketers spend their time playing county cricket instead of playing for their own country.thats why domestic cricket is suffering.look at other countries their players play only once in county cricket just to have an experience


  • Imran
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:01AM

    He has been a toothless tiger for some time except few performances against England and South Africa. This decision should have been made much earlier.


  • Manish
    Apr 26, 2012 - 1:54PM

    yet 32 ??


  • Nasir
    Apr 26, 2012 - 6:28PM

    He made a huge impact in the T20 English league last year. He is a natural T20 player and the national team should retain him for that


  • HRo
    Apr 26, 2012 - 7:11PM

    Still among some of match-winners for Pakistan


  • Open Suggestion
    Apr 27, 2012 - 1:03AM

    Razzaq need to work on his bowling which has become its weak point


  • Ifty
    May 12, 2012 - 1:25AM

    Selectors of Pakistan are a big joke, they can bring back players like far hat and Faisal Iqbal yet leave out Mohammed yousaf and razaq, it is beyond logic and I think their heads need testing.
    I have definitely been put off watching cricket because there is no merit in the appointments and selections, otherwise there is much better talent than the players they keep on picking. The selection for the Sri Lanka tour is a big joke.


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