KARACHI: All-rounder Abdul Razzaq is likely to face disciplinary action from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) due to his outburst against captain Mohammad Hafeez after being dropped from the World Twenty20 semi-final against Sri Lanka.
Razzaq created controversy by blaming the captain for his exclusion from the match, which Pakistan lost by 16 runs, describing the decision as ‘illogical and taken only by Hafeez’.
The board will discuss the scenario today and action against the all-rounder was likely even though he is not a centrally-contracted player, according to a PCB official.
“Razzaq was bound by PCB rules,” the official told The Express Tribune. “Even if a player is not contracted he has to follow instructions. His statement may invite sanctions. The feedback from coach and manager will also be taken.”
Team management backs Hafeez
Meanwhile, a team official, who was part of the selection process, defined Razzaq’s remarks as unnecessary.
“It’s very unfortunate,” said the official. “There were no hidden intentions behind his snub. Razzaq’s replacement Sohail Tanvir justified his selection with a good bowling performance. It was just another bad day for our batting otherwise all went well before.”
The manager downplayed Razzaq’s claims that Hafeez took an independent decision.
“It’s impossible for a single member of the tour selection committee to make a decision. Coach Dav Whatmore, PCB selector Salim Jaffer and manager Naveed Akram were also part of the selection panel.”
However, the official added that the captain’s choice was preferred to boost his confidence. He said that the manager will submit the report in a couple of days, adding that decisions will be made in light of the findings.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 8th, 2012.