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Abdul Razzaq signs for Hampshire

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March 8, 2010

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Abdul Razzaq in an aggressive mood, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, only Twenty20 international, Colombo, August 12, 2009
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Hampshire have signed Abdul Razzaq, the Pakistan allrounder, to strengthen their squad for the domestic Twenty20 tournament.

He will be joining his team-mate Shahid Afridi and Ajantha Mendis, the Sri Lankan spinner, who was one of the leading wicket-takers at the World Twenty20 in England last year.

"I've always enjoyed my cricket in England as it is a home away from home due to the massive following Pakistani players have there," said Razzaq. "I will do my utmost to try and help Hampshire win the tournament."

Razzaq has extensive Twenty20 experience, having played his first game in the format during a stint with Surrey in 2003. He captained Lahore Lions to the final of the RBS Twenty20 Cup last season, scoring 109 against Quetta Bears along the way.

His familiarity with English conditions - he has also played for Worcestershire and Middlesex, as well as participating in the World Twenty20 last year - will also prove valuable.

"Abdul Razzaq is one of the finest Twenty20 performers in the world," said Rod Bransgrove, Hampshire's chairman. "He will be a great asset to the side and adds even greater depth to an already impressive team. We have assembled arguably our strongest ever Twenty20 squad with the clear objective of reaching the Finals Day here at The Rose Bowl on August 14."

In an effort to raise the profile of England's Twenty20 Cup competition, counties will be able to include four overseas players in their squads in the coming season but only two will be allowed in each game.

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Posted by   on (March 14, 2010, 13:17 GMT)

Salman butt is never a T20 player and it has been proved during the last year's world cup where he failed entirly. Soon as the the new openners introduced Pakistan took off hard, so no point of repeating the same mistake folks.....

Posted by   on (March 14, 2010, 13:13 GMT)

I hope BCB will not take such a silly chance to make salman butt as a captain for T20 and loose the chance to utilize some of most talentaed guys in the opening like hafiz, Shahzaib and Khalid latif......

Posted by kareemshaik2009 on (March 14, 2010, 6:23 GMT)

Dear PCB Selectors,

Please Dont give the CAPTAINCY to MISHAB or SALMAN BUTT, if u given again problem will raise. wat shoaib malik did for last one year inside the team, same willl happen once again,... Give the captaincy to RAZZAQ or AFRIDI, but dont give the captaincy to MISBAH. Please.. Please.. Please... by PAKISTANI LOVER

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 12:25 GMT)

It's pretty clear where Hampshire's - or rather "The Royals'" priorities lie this season. Razzaq and Afridi are very strong signings for the T20 format and should make for some interesting times down at the Rose Bowl.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 20:31 GMT)

good m. Actions shud be taken on those who threaten & comprimise national dignity. Not respecting own country - are these baskets not ashamed?? Teach them a lessen with a stick. Hey, the best player now is Abdul Razzak. Make him the captain. PCB... pls forget Misbah. He's not in form. I mean, doesn't the report say so?? Hello...

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 20:19 GMT)

Soulja Boy off in this H-- Watch me lean and watch me rock ... go on boy he is by far the most under-rated player of global cricket ...on his day i have seen him rockin best bowler and crackin best batsman...

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 14:00 GMT)

Salam. Actions shud be taken on those who threaten & comprimise national dignity. Not respecting own country - are these baskets not ashamed?? Teach them a lessen with a stick.

Hey, the best player now is Abdul Razzak. Make him the captain. PCB... pls forget Misbah. He's not in form. I mean, doesn't the report say so?? Hello....

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 11:52 GMT)

good sign for pak cricket.

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