Champions League Twenty20 2011 September 7, 2011

Razzaq wants revival of India-Pakistan cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Huzaifah 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 !

  • Sajish 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Sakthi 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..

  • Dummy4 on September 8, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    Razzaq, we want you against Srilanka

  • John 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.

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

    who has the keys to open the doors??

  • avinash 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.)...

  • Dummy4 on September 8, 2011, 7:10 GMT

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

  • fazle 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.

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