Razzaq deserves another chance

Published: August 1, 2013
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An in-form Razzaq will be a huge plus for Pakistan. PHOTO: AFP

Soon after their dismal performance at the ICC Champions Trophy, many senior cricketers were dropped and hence, they embarked on a mission to try and make a comeback to the national team. The likes of former captain Shoaib Malik and wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal, instantly turned to their respective departments at the Ramazan Twenty20 events to win back the selectors’ faith.

Although these players are capable of shining in the domestic circuit, I strongly feel they shouldn’t return to the national team until and unless they show outstanding performances with consistency.

Their comebacks in the past were based on a single season of good performance and have gravely cost the team. However, one man among the seniors seeking a place in the team has my sympathies — Abdul Razzaq.

The 33-year-old has not been a part of the national side since the World Twenty20 last year. He wasn’t utilised properly throughout the tournament and was controversially dropped for the semi-final, which the team lost.

In response, the senior all-rounder lashed out at his Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez for overlooking him. He stated to reporters,

“Even Wasim Akram insisted that I should be picked for the match against Sri Lanka, but Hafeez decided against it,” Razzaq said, adding that Hafeez thinks of himself as being a better captain than Akram.

His protest ended up earning him a fine by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Subsequently, the seasoned all-rounder, who has represented the country in 46 Tests, 265 ODIs and 30 Twenty20s, silently sidelined himself from domestic cricket, setting an excuse for selectors to overlook him repeatedly, while players like Shahid Afridi kept returning without proving much. However, the good thing is that after the change in PCB’s hierarchy, Razzaq is back on the domestic field with the hope of getting justice.

He is hopeful of making a comeback and wants to represent Pakistan for a couple of more years. He played in a match at the Ramazan Twenty20 Cup — recently organised by the PCB — in which he scored an impressive 46 runs for the Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited, showing a glimpse of his expertise in stroke-making.

As Razzaq has vowed to continue striving for a comeback, I strongly feel that people at the helm of affairs must assess his form and fitness closely because an in-form Razzaq will be a huge plus for Pakistan, especially amidst this dearth of match-winners in the team.

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Fawad Hussain

A reporter for the sports desk of The Express Tribune

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • MJ

    In order to bring in talented players like Razzak we first need to get rid of useless out of form players like Hafeez.Recommend

  • http://Malaysia Mir

    I agree one hundred present that Razzaq should get another chance. Recommend

  • ali

    Sri Lankan bowler Rangana Herath picked up 3 wickets against Pakistan in the semi final of the ICC World T20 and even earned man of the match. He was however dropped for the final. Herath didn’t issue any statements against his captain. He accepted the fact that he was not selected and moved on. Though Razzaq is a fantastic cricketer, he does have a habit of whining. When he was not selected for the inaugural version of ICC World T20 back in 2007, he decided to join the ICL in protest and ended up wasting a year of his career. All I am saying that he should act like a man and stop crying every time he gets dropped from the team. Recommend

  • http://Lahore Iram

    Razzaq is a matchless player. Recommend

  • 007

    You want Pakistan cricket to take one step forward and two steps back by recalling Mr Razzaq? He’s not a consisten player and definitely not a team man. I went to watch one of the Ramzan T20 matches played in National Stadium. Saw Razzaq in the field and I wasn’t impressed by his attitude one bit. Every time a bowler took a wicket, the entire team would come together and celebrate the wicket. But Mr Razzaq always stayed back at his fielding position. During batting, I saw minimal communication between him and the other batsmen. Morevover, even in the Dug Up, he sat quietly without much interacting with his team members. That definitly is unlike a Team Player. Team Pakistan is better off without such KHALEEFAS!Recommend

  • ashok sai

    Razzaq is undoubtedly one of the finest all-rounder of all time, he is much underrated. He deserved a lot better from Pakistan cricket board, my sympathies are with him. Recommend

  • Uzayr

    We have witnessed only one match winning performance during last 5 years (109* Vs SA). His bowling is no more much effective for Pakistan. He has not been playing domestic matches. He only criticizes but doesn’t perform. Nothing to take away from his match winning ability, he can still be a match winner for us but he has to perform in domestic circuit first to cement his place in national side.Recommend

  • Spigot !

    ONE THING CAPS his current form and career ahead !!!
    BAD BAD Fitness level. You can see it in the field. It’s the same reason why a talented cricketer like Yousaf also eventually gave in his spot.

    Speaking of which, Nasir Jamshed is in his early twenties and the guy has a fitness level of a 60 year old ! If we need to improve our game, we need to bring in not only young but FIT players.

    P.S I played professional cricket for almost 10 years myself. I have them closely : ) Recommend

  • Ali

    Bring Razzaq back? Where’s the form, where’s the fitness? Or do you want Pakistan to continue selecting people based on their past merits. Its how we’ve ended up with people like Shoaib Malik and Imran Farhat having 15 and 13 year careers respectively. Enough of this nonsense. No more comebacks. Just because you’re feeling nostalgic doesn’t mean we bring back someone who’s clearly past it. I love Abdul Razzaq but it’s time to move forward. Think ahead, give some new players a decent run in the side to allow them to prove themselves. You don’t become a match winner after one game so don’t drop youngsters after one game and say there’s a dearth of talent. The talent is there, just give it a chance. Recommend

  • Dr Dang

    Why was he dropped in the 1st place ?Recommend

  • kurrat

    Razzaq still Can b än assettp. Fully agreed. T20s specialistRecommend

  • Hassan

    I partially agree with your opinion and explanation over the selection of Razzaq’s in the team. Though there is no ambiguity about the class of Razzaq, but if we want to compete and win World Cup 2015 then we have to look for the ascendant players like Hammad Azam and Umar Amin, as the 33-years old Razzaq can hardly play for a year or two.
    So, in the larger interest of the nation and in the long run, we have to compromise, regardless of what happened in the past b/w Hafeez and Razzaq
    .Recommend

  • http://mezaajedeen.blogspot.com Tribune Reader

    Hafeez vice captain doesn’t like him hence he is benchedRecommend