Champions League Twenty20 2011 September 7, 2011

Razzaq wants revival of India-Pakistan cricket

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Abdul Razzaq, who will be the only Pakistan player to participate in this year's Champions League Twenty20 in India, has said he hopes cricketing relations between India and Pakistan improve, with matches between the two countries resuming and Pakistan players being included in the IPL. Razzaq will play for Leicestershire in the Champions League, and will be only the second Pakistan player to play in the tournament - Yasir Araft played for Sussex in the first tournament in 2009.

"When we played in the ICL [Indian Cricket League] the whole charm of that league was Pakistan players playing in India, so I hope that after I go and play the Champions League, India also open the doors of the IPL to Pakistan players," Razzaq said. "I have faced no problems playing in India and even in the worst of times people of India welcome Pakistan players with open hearts and I hope I am soon part of a Pakistan team playing against India."

Pakistan teams have not taken part in the Champions League, while Pakistan players have not played in the IPL since the tournament's debut in 2008. Cricket relations between India and Pakistan were suspended after the Mumbai terror attacks of December 2008, with no bilateral series between the two countries since. Razzaq said he hoped that would change soon.

"I hope the respective governments will negotiate to resume Indo-Pak cricket because without India and Pakistan playing each other, cricket is deprived of a high-profile, most-watched cricket series. Doors should always be open for sportsmen or else you change the name of cricket, because cricket is the binding force between these two countries, which we have seen in the past."

The ICC's Future Tours Programme has scheduled a Test and ODI series between Pakistan and India for 2012, but while PCB chairman Ijaz Butt has said talks are progressing, there has been no official word from the BCCI on whether and where the series will go ahead.

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  • BUTT_093 on September 10, 2011, 22:42 GMT

    I just hope that Razzaq doesn't have any visa issues presented in front of him by the Indian High Commission. Otherwise its great to have him representing Pakistan in the CLT20 and showing the world exactly what the tournament is missing out on by omitting Pakistanis from the team rosters. Aside from that I was actually puzzled why he's not with the team playing against Zimbabwe. Surely he didn't welcome the rest that the PCB so graciously granted him !

  • FanofSauravDadaMumbai on September 10, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq is one of the cleanest hitters in World Cricket. He is an excellent talent. Pakistan should have respect him more. I agree with his comments that India Vs Pakistan cricket matches should resume, which will give the players and the spectators world over a big treat. He is playing Leicestershire in CL, nice to see him bat in Indian pitches. A world class talent from Pakistan.

  • on September 9, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    Razzak one of the clear hitter of the cricket ball and a bowler with a steady line and length is one of the best all rounder ,But PCB have not utilised and respected this player..Razzak we want to c u in playing for pakistan ,Boom Boom Afiridi please make him captain we want to c u guys playing again

  • Sakthiivel on September 8, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq what a Talent, less utilized by Pakistan. We love to watch you in India. We miss Afridi .. BCCI need to rethink on Pak players in IPL..

  • on September 8, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    Razzaq, we want you against Srilanka

  • jmill on September 8, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    And Indo-Pak series is not likely until the relationships between the countries get better. It's all political really, most indians and pakistani living abroad don't even know what this animosity is for. I've seen Indians and Pakistanis as best friends, sitting together watching that WC semifinal. It's just the governments of the two countries that are the problem. More the indian side that doesn't want to initiate relations, however the pakistan side isn't innocent either.

  • Raj2506 on September 8, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    who has the keys to open the doors??

  • cric_fanatics on September 8, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    @Navzkhan ..yeah..BECAUSE INDIA doesnt have BOUNCY pitches like MULTAN (sehwag scored 309) and FAISLABAD(opening partenrship of 410 by viru n dravid.)...

  • on September 8, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    razzaq will be able to open the door for pakistani team !

  • banglafan on September 8, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    Absence of Indo-Pak cricket is a big hole in the cricketing calendar. Glad to be able to see Razzaq in the CLT20. Gives BD cricket fans a good reason to watch the tourney.

  • BUTT_093 on September 10, 2011, 22:42 GMT

    I just hope that Razzaq doesn't have any visa issues presented in front of him by the Indian High Commission. Otherwise its great to have him representing Pakistan in the CLT20 and showing the world exactly what the tournament is missing out on by omitting Pakistanis from the team rosters. Aside from that I was actually puzzled why he's not with the team playing against Zimbabwe. Surely he didn't welcome the rest that the PCB so graciously granted him !

  • FanofSauravDadaMumbai on September 10, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq is one of the cleanest hitters in World Cricket. He is an excellent talent. Pakistan should have respect him more. I agree with his comments that India Vs Pakistan cricket matches should resume, which will give the players and the spectators world over a big treat. He is playing Leicestershire in CL, nice to see him bat in Indian pitches. A world class talent from Pakistan.

  • on September 9, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    Razzak one of the clear hitter of the cricket ball and a bowler with a steady line and length is one of the best all rounder ,But PCB have not utilised and respected this player..Razzak we want to c u in playing for pakistan ,Boom Boom Afiridi please make him captain we want to c u guys playing again

  • Sakthiivel on September 8, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq what a Talent, less utilized by Pakistan. We love to watch you in India. We miss Afridi .. BCCI need to rethink on Pak players in IPL..

  • on September 8, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    Razzaq, we want you against Srilanka

  • jmill on September 8, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    And Indo-Pak series is not likely until the relationships between the countries get better. It's all political really, most indians and pakistani living abroad don't even know what this animosity is for. I've seen Indians and Pakistanis as best friends, sitting together watching that WC semifinal. It's just the governments of the two countries that are the problem. More the indian side that doesn't want to initiate relations, however the pakistan side isn't innocent either.

  • Raj2506 on September 8, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    who has the keys to open the doors??

  • cric_fanatics on September 8, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    @Navzkhan ..yeah..BECAUSE INDIA doesnt have BOUNCY pitches like MULTAN (sehwag scored 309) and FAISLABAD(opening partenrship of 410 by viru n dravid.)...

  • on September 8, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    razzaq will be able to open the door for pakistani team !

  • banglafan on September 8, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    Absence of Indo-Pak cricket is a big hole in the cricketing calendar. Glad to be able to see Razzaq in the CLT20. Gives BD cricket fans a good reason to watch the tourney.

  • Marz22 on September 8, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    i hope razzaq does well against da Indian clubs...which seem to have a premature bowling attack like da national team itself...and i personally dont think that indo-pak cricket will resume....coz they dont want to take a chance against the current indian line up getting thumped by the Englishmen....

  • mandi on September 8, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    razzzaq team looks strong in paper for me,but i favors somerset always.interesting to see how county team going to perform in champions league.

  • Mukeei on September 8, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    Abdul Razzar such a wonderfull player,and one of the best allrounder in cricket world,.................come on Razzaq glad to see u in CLT20.

  • on September 8, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    good news to hear this....razzak is a gr8 player...

  • Navzkhan on September 8, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    HOPE RAZZAQ PLAY WELL ON INDIA`S FLAT PITCHES.....

  • on September 8, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    yes 1st club t20 tournament held in England was won by M.Hafeez's & Misbah's Faisalabad Wolves i don't remember the exact year but at that time clt20 was called with some other name...

  • on September 8, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    For your all knowledge first Clt20 was held in England and was won by Faisalabad

  • Quazi_Rafik on September 8, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    Good to see that India-Pakistan cricket is back...but this report is full of few wrong information.. we know no Pakistani team played in CLT20 ever...thanx to all!!

  • Ayaz-from-Toronto on September 8, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    @ Dr_SC: 2009 CLT20 was won by NSW and in 2010 Chennai Super Kings won the final. None of the Pakistani teams has ever played in CLT20.

  • jtggrehhtrhtrht on September 8, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    razzqa should just retire and bring back mohammed yousaf or maybe inzimum ul Haq

  • Dr_SC on September 7, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    @Baapu: I think a team from Pak won the first CL T20 in South Africa, Faisalabad or maybe Sialkot (one or the other).

  • Baaapu on September 7, 2011, 21:18 GMT

    Is this Statement Correct? "Pakistan teams have taken part in the Champions League, while Pakistan players have not played in the IPL since the tournament's debut in 2008." I wonder when did pak teams participated in CLT20.

  • shami_jee on September 7, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    Great Razzak... Good to hear sensible comments frm Talented Pakistani All Rounder.. He is a Genuine Match Winner n would definately take Leicstershire to Semis at Least!

  • on September 7, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    not till we have poliTICKS in the cricket boards :D

  • zesh92 on September 7, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    definately pak domestic team should be included because they really add flavour to any tournament

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  • zesh92 on September 7, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    definately pak domestic team should be included because they really add flavour to any tournament

  • on September 7, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    not till we have poliTICKS in the cricket boards :D

  • shami_jee on September 7, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    Great Razzak... Good to hear sensible comments frm Talented Pakistani All Rounder.. He is a Genuine Match Winner n would definately take Leicstershire to Semis at Least!

  • Baaapu on September 7, 2011, 21:18 GMT

    Is this Statement Correct? "Pakistan teams have taken part in the Champions League, while Pakistan players have not played in the IPL since the tournament's debut in 2008." I wonder when did pak teams participated in CLT20.

  • Dr_SC on September 7, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    @Baapu: I think a team from Pak won the first CL T20 in South Africa, Faisalabad or maybe Sialkot (one or the other).

  • jtggrehhtrhtrht on September 8, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    razzqa should just retire and bring back mohammed yousaf or maybe inzimum ul Haq

  • Ayaz-from-Toronto on September 8, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    @ Dr_SC: 2009 CLT20 was won by NSW and in 2010 Chennai Super Kings won the final. None of the Pakistani teams has ever played in CLT20.

  • Quazi_Rafik on September 8, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    Good to see that India-Pakistan cricket is back...but this report is full of few wrong information.. we know no Pakistani team played in CLT20 ever...thanx to all!!

  • on September 8, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    For your all knowledge first Clt20 was held in England and was won by Faisalabad

  • on September 8, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    yes 1st club t20 tournament held in England was won by M.Hafeez's & Misbah's Faisalabad Wolves i don't remember the exact year but at that time clt20 was called with some other name...