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Leicester to sign Razzaq

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June 1, 2011

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The moment before impact: Abdul Razzaq winds up for a big hit, Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd ODI, Abu Dhabi, October 31, 2010
Abdul Razzaq has a reputation as a big hitter © AFP
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Leicestershire have agreed on terms to sign Pakistan allrounder Abdul Razzaq for the Friends Life t20 and are awaiting the arrival of his passport from Abu Dhabi - where he sent it to process his UK visa application - before completing the acquisition. Razzaq has received clearance from the PCB to play the tournament and is expected to be available for Leicester's first match, against Northamptonshire on Friday.

This will be the fifth county Razzaq will play for; he has had stints at Hampshire, Middlesex, Surrey and Worcestershire before. Razzaq, as a batsman, is reputed for playing destructive knocks in limited-over matches, but he has had a poor run of form of late. After a whirlwind one-day century against South Africa in Abu Dhabi, he has had a string of low scores running from the series in New Zealand through the World Cup, and he was eventually dropped from the Pakistan squad for the tour of the West Indies.

Nevertheless, Leicester's chief executive Mike Siddall was excited to have someone with the experience of 46 Tests and 262 ODIs joining the county. Leicester disappointed in last year's tournament, losing seven games and missing out on the quarterfinals, but Siddall said the acquisition of Razzaq, and the retention of Andrew McDonald, the Australia allrounder, showed their positive mindset.

"I think this shows our ambition," Siddall said. "We had a little bit of money available with Andrew McDonald going to the IPL. We want to do better than last year in the T20 when we lost seven home matches."

Phil Whitticase, the Leicester coach, said Razzaq's versatility would be an asset. "We are talking about someone who can contribute with the bat and bowl up front or at the death," he said. "We'll probably be looking at him coming in down the order and clearing the boundaries in the final few overs."

Leicester made a record loss of £400,000 last year but are hoping McDonald, who scored 174 runs in the three Twenty20 matches he played for Leicester last year, and Razzaq will draw in the crowds.

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Posted by Major_Hammad on (June 2, 2011, 13:01 GMT)

I need some update about this that will Razzaq play tommorow 1st match for Leicestershire or still visa problem not solved, Update your topic about latest news!!!!!

Posted by Midnight_Blues on (June 2, 2011, 11:39 GMT)

It's good to see Razzaq playing. Good luck!

Posted by pakichamp on (June 2, 2011, 8:00 GMT)

In Last year's Friends provident T20 Final Razzaq opened the innings and scored quick blast 30+ and hence Hampshire won comfortably ;)

Posted by hajmal43 on (June 2, 2011, 5:39 GMT)

It is good that Razzaq has got a chance to prove his worth.He is much better all rounder than Afridi beside Afrid"s big mouth problem.He was kept below batting order by Afridi in order to limit his chances to prove he is better than Afridi.But now I think he can prove his worth.

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (June 1, 2011, 16:08 GMT)

Razzaq was the single biggest reason why Hampshire won the Friends Provident T20 competition last year. Bit surprised they didn't renew his contract and opted for Afridi?

Posted by mso797 on (June 1, 2011, 14:12 GMT)

will he still be in the super eights i see taking part in that comppetition is his only way to make a comeback

Posted by irfans1 on (June 1, 2011, 13:12 GMT)

excellent selection for Leicester, Razaaq certainly is one of the best allrounders in limited over cricket. Calm and cool customer as he is, could really help to boost Leicester chances.good luck

Posted by emeye on (June 1, 2011, 12:58 GMT)

U Rock!!!! Razzaq!!!! What a brilliant cricketer.

Posted by Z.Saleem on (June 1, 2011, 12:18 GMT)

good choice....Razzaq was successful with Hampshire last year! Best of luck Leicester!

Posted by   on (June 1, 2011, 12:15 GMT)

Leicester, Hampshire opened with Razzaq. In almost every single game he played his scores were of 40 or higher. One reason why they won it last season. Send him one down the order or open with him.

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