Pakistan v South Africa in UAE 2010 November 1, 2010

Pakistan must remove players' insecurity - Razzaq

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shortly after playing the "greatest innings" of his career, Pakistan allrounder Abdul Razzaq has urged the team management and administration to work towards removing the uncertainty players feel over their place in the team because such an atmosphere is counterproductive to Pakistan's success. Razzaq, who blitzed 109 off 72 balls to wrench the second ODI from South Africa's grasp in Abu Dhabi, said he too felt insecure about his spot in the side and that Pakistan had failed to maximise his potential over the years.

"I always play the match as if it is my last," Razzaq said. "If players have this constant fear hanging over them that they will fail and then be dropped then they will never be able to perform properly. Even I felt that if I didn't do anything in this game I would be dropped. This threat has to be removed from the team because it is not productive.

"Those guys who don't perform for a couple of matches, they shouldn't be dropped so quickly. They need to be encouraged and their morale needs to be boosted."

Razzaq launched his breathtaking assault against South Africa from No. 7 in the line-up, a position at which he's batted 81 times in his 245-ODI career. The remainder of his innings, however, has been spread over every position, from opener to No. 11. He's also not been a regular member of the ODI side, despite his match-turning potential, and was exiled for two years for his association with the unofficial Indian Cricket League.

"I think my talent has not been properly utilised both in batting and bowling, especially, my batting spot has never been permanent," Razzaq said. "I don't think I have been utilised properly over the last five or six years as a batsman."

Sunday's performance against South Africa was Razzaq's first fifty-plus score in over four years and his first century since September 2004. It was the third time in 2010, however, that Razzaq pulled off victory for Pakistan. In the previous two instances, he scored 46 off 18 balls in a Twenty20 international against England in Dubai, and 44 off 20 balls in an ODI at Lord's.

Razzaq hoped his century against South Africa would lift Pakistan cricket, which is reeling from spot-fixing allegations and poor on-field performances. "Every time there is a controversy or we lose one or two matches, people start to write us off, which is wrong," Razzaq said. "I would request the fans to please keep faith in us so that we can lift ourselves."

The ODI series between Pakistan and South Africa is level at 1-1 ahead of the third match on Tuesday in Dubai.

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  • DesiCricketfan on November 6, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    Guys, I did not mean that ASHES is bigger than Indo Pak games, Ashes can never be bigger than These games. I think i mis-interpreted , my apologies. I mean to say that Ashes is a hype. People have made Ashes bigger but it can never be bigger than Indo Pak series...

  • Acton49 on November 6, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    Abdur Razzaq should be told that his place is secure. Pakistan's 15 for World Cup 1 Mohammad Hafeez 2. K Akmal 3 Younis Khan 4 Mohammad Yousuf 5 Asad Shafiq 6 Abdul Razzaq 7 Fawad Alam 8 Shahid Afridi (capt) 9 Wahab Riaz 10 Saeed Ajmal/Abdur Rahman/M Amir/Rana 10 Shoaib Akhtar and U Akmal Afridi should have his role defined. His stats recently are 29, 1, 49, 7,19, 19, 9, 34, 37, 0. 1. 29, 40, 9, 48. This shows that he has the ability but no brains. Having seen all the matches live, Afridi is an enimga, he is such a talented cricketer that his brains goes AWOL(absent with out leave). If only he can curb the self distruct button, then Pakistan surely will win the World cup. Umar Akmal has become a big head it is good that he is on the bench. We should have a proper batting coach. A bowler coach will never be respected as a batting coach by any batsman anywhere. Inzi should be the man! or Rashid Latif.

  • amynrehimi on November 4, 2010, 0:11 GMT

    i think Razzak should be used up the order, even if he has to open, we are losing one opener within the first 5 overs anyways, if Razzak opens the innings and stays for say 15-20 overs we have more tha a 100 on the board for sure, the Afrid, Umar Akmal are there to push the pedal if we have not lost too many wickets. Fawad Alam does not look like top class, he always looks tangeled up after a shot. He needs to get his technique straightened out first. With Yousuf back there will be no room anyways. Good to see Riaz comming thru. Gul is going thru a patch will be fine after a few matches. Umar Akmal should mature in his batting approach with all that talent he has he needs to utilize it better.

  • cricket_fan_1 on November 3, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq > Inzamam, Miandad, Zaheer Abbas, Yousuf et al in batting.. Abdul Razzaq > Imran, Wasim, Waqar et al in bowling.. Abdul Razzaq has won more ODI matches than any other player for Pak and he should be the ODI captain.

  • karthikfromchennai on November 3, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    oh...india is not a winning team....did u inhale the same that asif used in dubai airport?

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  • Agni2 on November 2, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    I feel sorry for the poor chap. His statements show so much frustration. If he'd said anything before this innings, they would have probably thrown him out. Ijaz Butt-ass will destroy Pakistan cricket - this would be a pity for the world of cricket.

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  • dummy4fb on November 2, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    @ frehman! Nice comment but wats this Punjab and Karachi u talkin about!? Please stop fragmenting our country! it shouldve been sindh!

  • dummy4fb on November 2, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai. Yea ur right! and all the money and the glamour cannot change the fact that India is not a winning team

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