September 28, 2012

World Twenty20

Why pick Razzaq and then bench him?

Nikita Bastian

Including Abdul Razzaq in Pakistan's World Twenty20 squad and then confining him to the dugout underlines the fact that there is something wrong with their planning, says Khalid Hussain in the News.

There has to be a reason why Razzaq was recalled for the World Twenty20 after being discarded as spent force after World Cup 2011. Perhaps it’s his vast experience or the fact that he has been a match-winner for Pakistan during his heyday.

Whatever the reason, it’s quite obvious that the national selectors and Pakistan management believed that the allrounder was good enough to be in the squad ahead of several fitter and younger options like Junaid Khan and Hammad Azam. The thing is when you recall a senior player like Razzaq, you only do that if you think that he is going to make the cut for the playing eleven. Otherwise, it’s better to have somebody younger in the squad as an understudy, who can learn from his seniors even if he fails to be a part of the playing eleven.

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