Pakistan news October 9, 2012

Razzaq in trouble over Hafeez criticism

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan Cricket Board has issued a showcause notice to the allrounder Abdul Razzaq and asked him to explain his outburst against Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez after the World Twenty20.

On his return from Sri Lanka, Razzaq criticised Hafeez for selecting him in only one game of the tournament. "It was Hafeez's decision not to pick me for the semi-final, not anyone else's," Razzaq told reporters in Lahore. "I know the team management didn't drop me, it was Hafeez alone who didn't want me to play."

PCB spokesman Nadeem Sarwar confirmed that Razzaq was bound to follow the code of conduct though he wasn't a centrally contracted player. By speaking to the media without the PCB's consent, he had breached the player's code of conduct, which forbids them from speaking to the media without prior permission from the board.

"He [Razzaq] has been served a showcause notice for breaching the code of conduct," Sarwar told ESPNcricinfo. "He has been given seven days to respond, starting from October 10."

After being selected in the Pakistan squad, for the World Twenty20, after a gap of nine months, Razzaq played just one game in the tournament, scoring 22 off 17 balls in the Super Eights win over Australia. "I was very sad and disappointed to not get a chance to play in the semi-final. I was mentally prepared for the big match and it came as a huge letdown to know I was not playing," Razzaq said, adding that Pakistan had the perfect opportunity to win the tournament.

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  • Abdulrajak on October 12, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    I am a Pak .cricket fan,it is very sad to see that Pak tean again going back to those days of likes and dislike each other ! it is very sad to know that player like Razak is under utilize! pls be fair to him ! it is his natural outburst.

  • Umar on October 12, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    I am not sure if people still remember one of finest innings played by AbdurRazzaq against South Africa - at a time when Pakistan was down and dusted due to so many scandals surrounding Pakistan team. I watch that inning whenever i feel sad, it gives courage! It was AbdurRazzaq who revived the beleif of pakistani fans. It is very sad to see such a talent being wasted by Pakistan. He is a player who can easily be selected by any team in the playing eleven in all formats of the cricket and here you see Pakistan, they take him on the tour and they dont utilize him - how sad, a talent being wasted. Even if he is the playing eleven is under utilized by being sent in situation which are out of reach, and then blame him for not performing. Now, who should AbdurRazzaq approach to express his feelings - he is such a decent player, and if he is complaining means he is actually being harrassed!! From an Indian Fan!

  • Saad on October 12, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    I agree with Aamirabuozair, afridi should resign, he can only be a bowler, he is not a good batsman he just wastes bowls trying to smash one out of the park and gets caught and sometimes he can bowl expensive overs. We can only call him a bowler.

  • Saad on October 12, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Hafeez shouldn't be the captain anymore, because dropping Razzaq was not a good choice at all. Razzaq is better than arfat, Razzaq is an all rounder he is a good bowler and he can also play a match winning innings. Shoib Malik should be the captain he can make better choices. This was a very good chance for pakistan to bring home the cup but, now what.

  • Jimmy on October 12, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Picking Shoaib Malik over Razzak is Ridiculous. I don't understand how many time Shoaib will be given a chance. He used to be a good cricketer and played some good innings in the era of Inzamam Ul Haq. Now he only performs in domestic. Razzak is highly regarded player and suitable for all formats. But, our board and previous captains never utilize him properly.

  • Asif on October 12, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Open you eyes PCB and try to know whats going on and why? PCB is right in legal way as Razzaq was under code of conduct due to his contract BUT PCB should ask for explaination for not picking Razzaq and why he picked the players who were not performing at all?

    Its very Sad to know that how we can distroy our asset.

  • Aamir on October 12, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    The main problem with Pakistan is PCB. There is no consistancy and our Captains are always worried justifying their presence in the team. That is why we see lobbying and politics in our camps. Afridi was no good either, he was threatened by Razzaq as Razzaq could steal BOOM BOOM title from him and therefore he started under utilizing him. I would have kept Razzaq at No.3 position in the team or even opener. I guess Hafeez also feels threatened and is going with his personal likeness. Hamza ji, I would not bank on Afridi. He has played his cricket and should resign with dignity and pride. I like attitude of Saeed Ajmal, give him the crown. He is a fighter and probably the only player who is not threatened for his place in the team. He has a good couple of years cricket more and can bring some consistancy in the team. He can also be coached for Captaincy!

  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    Hafeez is not a good captain decision at all..He can be a good vice captain. A man who makes a game plan alone cannot lead, the captain needs to be patient and unbiased and calm, and listen to the whole team. I think Misbah has set a good example for captaincy, and I think Afridi can make a better T20 captain. Hafeez vice captain in all formats. Dave Whatmore should be kicked out and Mohsin Khan bought back as coach. Bringing in mediocre losers like arafat and mohammad akram as coach are poor decisions. Go back whatmore, we need a pak coach

  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq is a match winner its really unfair for him. Instead of Razzaq, Notice should sent to Hafeez why he is not picking to Razzaq. Razzaq is a 10 times better records than Hafeez in all internaitonal format PCB should think of it.Its shame for PCB not picking correct 11 a such kind of Tournament. Why they are not picking Ahmed Shehad, Hammad Azam.

  • Aamir on October 11, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    It was a natural outburst from a dedicated player who was eager to win. I believe it is not only Hafeez it is Afridi+Hafeez. Afridi was the first who started under utilizing him so much that he was left out. Razzaq is most suited for all formats and is highly regarded player. A player who is always picked up by all major leagues! Shame on PCB - Shame on Hafeez and Shame on Afridi - why he kept on playing match after match knowing he does not stand a chance! They never understood that by playing these matches they are playing with the emotions of whole nation. PCB should take this notice back and take more sensible decisions. I would have selected Ahmed Shehzad instead of Imran Nazir to begin with. We should do Open Forensic Analysis of this tournament and take decisive actions of not repeating such failures. SL captain resigned though they made it to Final - We also demand our Captain to Step Down with Immediate Effect -----

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