Pakistan cricket

Ex-ICL player Razzaq returns to Pakistan side

Osman Samiuddin

June 10, 2009

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Abdul Razzaq hit 66 from 61 balls against Chandigarh, Chandigarh Lions v Hyderabad Heroes, 19th match, ICL, Gurgaon, October 26, 2008
Abdul Razzaq is likely to become the first former ICL player to return to international cricket © ICL

The ICC has approved the PCB's request to add Abdul Razzaq to replace one of its two injured players in the ongoing ICC World Twenty20. This makes Razzaq the first former ICL player returning to international cricket after being banned.

Ijaz Butt, the PCB chairman, had told Cricinfo that a request had been sent to the ICC's technical committee. "He is an allrounder and we've requested he replace Arafat, who is also an allrounder." A source close to the player also confirmed that Razzaq had been contacted by the board and apprised of the situation.

On the same day ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat confirmed the decision. "The PCB has advised the ICC it has imposed a sanction on Abdul Razzaq in accordance with the ICC Board resolution," he said.

While both Yasir Arafat and Sohail Tanvir are carrying injuries, Arafat's hamstring strain seems the more serious and Razzaq represented a like-for-like change in that he is an allrounder.

The Pakistan team manager, Yawar Saeed, said Arafat had been diagnosed with a lateral hamstring tear and would not play any further role in the tournament. News of Tanvir, who played with a back strain in the victory against Netherland yesterday, was better - he was back training with the rest of the squad at The Oval today.

Razzaq was one of several ex-ICL players granted amnesty by the PCB a few weeks back, shortly after the Indian board set the ball rolling for players to come in from the unofficial league. Other boards followed suit; some set a 'cooling off' period in place, while others like the PCB said they would handle each player on a case-by-case basis.

Ironically, Razzaq's name was on the original list of 30 probables the PCB had sent to the ICC in early April - before the BCCI announced the amnesty - but the board u-turned and scratched his name off because the ICC objected to his ICL status. And with more irony, the comeback completes a full circle of sorts for Razzaq: it was only after being overlooked for the 2007 World Twenty20 squad that he decided to turn his back on Pakistan cricket. He lambasted the team's set-up at the time, claiming he had been treated badly and then retired from international cricket, before taking back his announcement.

Pakistan will welcome back Razzaq's skills. He was one of the ICL's most valuable players, leading his franchise Hyderabad Heroes to the title in the first season and a runners-up spot the second time round. His form in the recently-concluded domestic Twenty20 was outstanding as well and limited-overs competitions in England hold special memories. It was in the 1999 World Cup that Razzaq first announced himself as a major talent, picking up a bundle of wickets and scoring some crucial runs, often at one down.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

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Posted by nouman89 on (June 13, 2009, 6:49 GMT)

Pakistan team will rock Now as Abdul Razzaq Back in the Internatinal team As we Know that pakistan Lose there First super 8 Match against Srilanka But they have one more Chance to Come back in the tournament

Posted by zainkk on (June 12, 2009, 7:13 GMT)

i m very happy that razzak is back in pakistan team, now pakistan team has become more strengthing than before..

Posted by zahid52 on (June 12, 2009, 3:17 GMT)

it is very good for pakistan team that they have included Abdul Razzaq in the squad. he is one of the finest allrounders of the world.similarly they should include imran nazir. he is a perfect player for T20 format.

Posted by zub2612 on (June 11, 2009, 19:40 GMT)

I wish that PCB officials read the comments on this forum. It is very good decision. well done PCB. The current chairman is 1000 times better than Nasim Ashraf. Imran Nazir and Rana Naveed will make Pakistan's T20 and ODI teams complete.

Posted by samz4u on (June 11, 2009, 19:22 GMT)

Well done i think it's a best moment for Pakistan team and people of Pakistan Now they have chance to win match against srilanka...

Posted by Sain159 on (June 11, 2009, 19:12 GMT)

Razzaq is back it is a good news but one player cant win it all for PK. Though PK didnt play much Int. cricket but I think they have the talent to upset and surprise. Expecting PK to win the ICC T20 is just not realistic (my opinion). I think the PK coach is Old School and his performance should also be reviewed because when teams fali to perform not players coaches get fired. Though he is the same coach he led PK to world cup victory in 1992 but cricket has a lot changed sicne then. I think it is time for new shcool/professional coach.

Posted by southafrican on (June 11, 2009, 18:49 GMT)

This would be an excellent line up for PAKISTAN in the super 8. Akmal,Afridi,Khan,Misbah, Malik,Razzaq, Alam,Tanvir,Gul,Amir,Ajmal. Afridi at the top of the order cannot be any worse than at position 5 or 6. Pakistan could make use of 8 bowlers too. I am happy Razzaq is back.

Posted by riz86 on (June 11, 2009, 18:15 GMT)

its one of the best decesioin taken by PCB after a while.Razzaq is really a good hitter of cricket ball especially out of the rope.He's much better than some other players such as shoaib malik.Hope to see him in action against Sri Lanka.

Posted by CricInformer288 on (June 11, 2009, 17:07 GMT)

But I don't think he'll play the game against the Lankans because of the visa issues

Posted by southafrican on (June 11, 2009, 15:25 GMT)

Fantastic news for Pakistan. Razzaq has always been a team player and i recall his century against south africa batting at the top of the order facing shaun pollock. Younis Khan should forget about the entertainment value of the format and concentrate on providing entertainment for pakistani fans by ensuring his team give their level best. This is what supporters want. You have to play for the love, self respect and honour of your country and nation, because i can assure you that the pakistan cricket team is the most mocked team. Every player should be aware of the humiliation that pakistan fans have gone through with scandals, drugs, match fixing,e.t.c over the last decade. Players have a responsibility to perform at their very best no matter what the competition. Shoaib Malik is much too slow at the top of the order and has to make serious adjustments in the 20/20 format. I have a healthy respect for Pakistan cricket.

Posted by hamadbadul on (June 11, 2009, 15:18 GMT)

This is the Best News especially when Pakistan Team is struggling. He will definitely give a boost to Pakistan team confidence. Even Pakistan qualified for super eight they were below average they preformed well against only Holland which was inexperience team. I also want to mention here that Fawad Alam is a very good 20/20 player they should give him a chance. My Team for super eight matches will be 1. Kamran Akmal (better to use first 6 overs) 2. Afridi (better to use first 6 overs) 3. Younis Khan (to play Anchor role) 4. Misbhal Haq (give him some more time to bat) 5. shoaib Malik (can be used for Hitting) 6. Abdul Razaq (to be used in last overs- AB Morkel Type of role) 7. Fwad Alam (can be send to open the innings and afrdi to come on this number) 8. Sohail Tanveer (power Hitters int the last overs) 9. Umar Gul 10.Saeed Ajmal 11.Muhmmad Amir

I think this is the best combination.

Welcome Abdul Razzaq InsAllah you will be the difference in Pakistani Team

Posted by PAKISTANFAN on (June 11, 2009, 15:10 GMT)

A very Good move by PCB. Although I am not sure that including Razzaq will win us Trophy, but I do beleive that He is a good replacement for Yasir Arafat and way better player than Yasir Arafat. So if we look at the replacement itslef, it adds experience and skill to the team. Now Pakistan is stronger than before but I am not sure if they are good enough to win trophy. It is another thing that I want thme to do well and win the trophy anways.

Posted by reality_check on (June 11, 2009, 14:10 GMT)

Ok everyone chill out please and put everything in perspective. Razzak cannot win the trophy by himself and neither can Imran Nazir. They are very good but remember they only played in ICL... not the best talent available as IPL. That's the first thing, secondly... Pakistan does not need "a" player to win it, they need all the right players but most importantly they need to show up with positive attitude, plan and descipline which is obviously lacking so far. Netherlands win only buys them ticket to super 8. Now they need to prove against the likes of Sri Lanka, NZ, India and SA and they will need much more then just Razzak and/or Imran Nazir to have any chance of going all the way thru.

Posted by LeaderARH on (June 11, 2009, 14:00 GMT)

Razzaq is a terrific player but rushing him into an event like the World T20 can backfire since the last game he played for the ICL was around 7-8 months back.

Posted by FarhanSabir on (June 11, 2009, 13:51 GMT)

Good show!! I really wish that we also had Rana Naveed and Imran Nazir back in the squad. That would have made our team unbeatable

Posted by MazharSalah on (June 11, 2009, 13:31 GMT)

I think this a correct decision made by PCB after a long time as they call back Abdul Razzaq in the national team, they should select the good players for the big events like 20/20 world cup & champions trophy. As younis khan said 20/20 is just like as a fun & entertainment he should come to know that millions of fans are watching the cricket.

Posted by osama94 on (June 11, 2009, 13:24 GMT)

Abdul Razzaq is the best all rounder in the world. It is a great decision by PCB. Now Pakistan is one of the favorites of wining T20 cup. Beware of Razzaq. He can hit long sixes and can bowl tidy overs. What a great team. AFRIDI, RAZZAQ, MALIK, SHOHAIL TANVEER. This would help Pakistan.

Posted by waqas77 on (June 11, 2009, 13:10 GMT)

Hay PCB guys good moveby you people, this you have done before and i think you should rana naveed as well for injured sohail tanveer..............

these guys can finish the last overs very well and pakistan were missing the fireworks in the last overs.

Posted by Basawat on (June 11, 2009, 13:04 GMT)

That is one of the great news for Pakistan team and nation after a long time. As Razzaq is one of the best all rounder in world cricket. Pakistan chances are increasingly high to qualify for final.

Posted by number-09 on (June 11, 2009, 12:57 GMT)

Mr. highflyer23

Pakistan replaced an Allrounder with another. One who was one of the most valuable in the ICL. Nazir would have been adequate if only a batsman was injured. Tanvir was also injured so they needed to strike the right balance.

Posted by mindsurfnet on (June 11, 2009, 12:46 GMT)

i think now pcb is realizing their mistake. PCB Also realized after world cup matches moved from Pakistan and realized who is behind the scene working on this major task. I'll really appreciate PCB on this decision and suggest they should show more courage and some bold steps as Pakistan need more cricket and fight anti Pakistan cricket elements. Good Job PCB. Good Luck Abdul Razzaq............God Bless Pakistan.

Posted by excaliburexb on (June 11, 2009, 12:12 GMT)

Best news I have heard for the Pakistani side for a few years now. A lot of people are saying that Afridi should open but I think Abdur Razzaq has done well opening in the ICL and I think that would be a better option. I hope he makes it in time to play Sri Lanka. He has done well against them in the past.

Posted by PakistanBadsha on (June 11, 2009, 12:00 GMT)

Razaq is one of best player in Pakistan . One of the best Decision made by PCB after long time .

Posted by M.KAMRAN on (June 11, 2009, 11:59 GMT)


Posted by scorpio86 on (June 11, 2009, 11:54 GMT)

Good move from PCB, Pakistani team needs that kind of players…. Like Imran Nazir, Rana..etc… we should keep in mind their domestic performance and should call back to team…As compare to Last World Cup Team we are so weak…. One problem I have seen in Selectors, they have always used/selected un-experience and new players in big events like WORLD CUP, Champion Trophy when team needs experiences players…. Hope a good come back from Abdul Razzaq (Inshah Allah).

Posted by Anee.. on (June 11, 2009, 11:37 GMT)

Its a gud news to the Pakistan team that one of their experienced players is back.Razzaq back in the team now increases Pakistan's chances and hopes to the semi finals or even final.Afridi should sent up as opener or at No.3 so that they can make more runs in the first 6 overs.Razzaq will do the rest in the final overs.His medium pace will be more useful in English conditions as he is an experienced player.Salman Butt should be out of the team coz of his batting and fielding 'performances' ! All the best to Pakistan team.

Posted by atteq on (June 11, 2009, 11:10 GMT)

great news! Arafat is useless not even half the player razzaq is. Need salman butt to get injured so imran nazir can come in :-)

Posted by Horopito on (June 11, 2009, 11:09 GMT)

SHANE BOND! With Daniel Vettori injured New Zealand doesn't have a single world class bowler. Even with Vettori fit there isn't a quick bowler in NZ. So... Bring back Bond.

Posted by Ghazanfar123 on (June 11, 2009, 11:09 GMT)

i am very happy.. no doubt razzak is the great player with bat and ball and now our team bating site will be also improve

Posted by supersix11 on (June 11, 2009, 11:01 GMT)

i think this is good move by pakistan board to replace Yasir Arafat ( As they only know why he was in the team) by Abdul Razzak. As he is good power hitter in the middle of the innings. But what about opening slot Salman Bhatt and younis khan dosent know how to bat in T20's and Afridi and Malik is not in good for whereas Misbah is coming at no 6 or 7. so ultimately they have stablise their batting order in order to put strong show in this world cup.

Posted by U.A.1985 on (June 11, 2009, 10:59 GMT)

OK...lets just cool down now you have to think what order Younis would prefer...I think Butt needs to leave the team ASAP, esp. in this 20/20 World Cup...

Afridi Akmal Malik Younis Misbah Razzaq Fawad Tanvir Ajmal Gul Amir

Even if Afridi gets out quick long batting order is there to support. Afridi getting out quickly vs. Butt getting out quickly. Pick one? Of Course the former one is better, at least we have a huge chance if Afridi clickes in 1st 6 overs....

Younis Khan please be a bit aggressive....

Posted by makram1 on (June 11, 2009, 10:43 GMT)

Abdul Razzaq is a very strong wristed player and can hit especially in limited over match like 20/20 cricket. Its a great news for all Pakistani supporters of their team that their favourite player is back in the team. There is a great chance for showing a good game to the world of cricket with the addition of this outstanding player. Inclusion is appreciated by me and of course lot of Pakistanis around the world. Thanks to good sense of PCB.

Posted by wajid.aasr on (June 11, 2009, 10:42 GMT)

Now with the inclusion of razzak chances of world cup are increased by large.

Posted by fingerprint on (June 11, 2009, 9:57 GMT)

Inclusion of Razzak will make this tournament more interesting

Posted by irfanulhaq on (June 11, 2009, 9:45 GMT)

Abdul Razzaq is the best Power hitter in the depth overs & a best finshers I have ever seen. What a player to have in the team. WISH U BEST OF LUCK MR. ABDUL RAZZAQ. Waiting to see some huge sixes from the bat of Abdul Razzaq.

Posted by nasir.khhan on (June 11, 2009, 9:41 GMT)

It really does not matter's who plays or who does not play's. If the captain's attitude is like if we gett in the semifinals i'd be happy, four and sixes does not matter and t20 is fun i dont take it seriuosly.

Posted by Gohar on (June 11, 2009, 9:24 GMT)

That's a welcome story for under docks pakistani team! Hope to watch some chronicle from Razzaq!

Posted by JattBadshah on (June 11, 2009, 9:19 GMT)

I agree with Turbo--I am willing to pay for Rana's ticket--lets bring the top guns back and rock the world --and show them we are still one of the the best sides in the world

Posted by shahid.shah on (June 11, 2009, 9:18 GMT)

Insha-ALLAH, Abdul Razzaq will be a winning catlyst for Pakistani cricket team. I suggest Mr. Younis Khan and team management use Shahid Afridi as opener instead of Salman Butt, Salman Butt is a good player but his current form is not upto the mark.

Happy moments Razzaq Bhai...

Posted by Madddy on (June 11, 2009, 9:16 GMT)

Imran Nazir should have also been given chance along with Razaq. Rana Naveed is also a 'useful' allrounder for the team.

Posted by KingKallis on (June 11, 2009, 9:13 GMT)

I agree with Bharat, Pakistan lost their winning spirit once Wasim, Waqar, Anwar, Sohail retired.

They badly need MoYo for tests and ODIs and Imran Nazir for T20s and probably ODIs as well...

I also dont understand why they open with Butt who hardly delievers? If he is going to keep failing @ top and Afridi is going to keep failing in the middle then I would rather open with Afridi. If he clicks, he would help Pakistan score 180+ easily.

Razzaq or Fawad Alam can take the No.6 / No.7 spot and Afridi can open!

Posted by AzamRajput on (June 11, 2009, 9:10 GMT)

it is good news but in any case.

But it too late now, as it is unlikely he could take part in the match against SL or even NZ which are important for our fate.

On other side though he was playing domestic but can he be acclimate with England weather so quickly?

I hope he had visa in advance, he is in the flight to england now.......

Posted by TurboKam512 on (June 11, 2009, 9:09 GMT)

If you really want to see the BCCI influence in the cricket world check ou thhis site and look for yourselves notice the amount of Indian Companies who have sponsored hero honda, Pepsi India - CEO Indian, Reliance, LG India, etc its not because other countries dont have the money its because BCCI would not let ICC to approve any other sponsor deals again all i wanna say is that its a one way street for everyone else in the cricket world You agree with BCCI - influenced ICC or get out of the way. SAAR_1982 you called Imran Nazir pathetic well how would you feel if ur the best performer in the world and continously overlooked again &again, i think u r one of those who support the current team - which is crappy and u know it, If Imran Does not get in the team soon , forget about any wins , Imran is the best and he wont be bothered by a .00001 % of haters like you, he'll get his bat do the talking and shut you for good HA!!!!

Posted by theREALdon on (June 11, 2009, 9:07 GMT)

I have been following pak cricket for many years & i am really disappointed on how such a major nation in world cricket can not even get there best squad togeather, what was the point of dropping-removing Razzak/Nazir/Rana from the international team?, What has the nation achived since then, them 3 major players alone can swing the game around with 1 over - It's been Proven!!! & yet they go with players that have been faliures time after time. Also i want to mention the upcoming Pak player called Sohail Yara based in Pothwar Cricket Academy - He is like sehwag in looks & ability & will be playing for a Major team in pak next year. You know where you heard it first...

All the best to the pak team... Cos they are worth it lol Adnan Ali

Posted by mironty on (June 11, 2009, 9:03 GMT)

still we r missing Imran Nazir but if Razzaq opens with Kamran Akmal, it is pretty okay. He is a true match winner. Now we can consider Pakistan a serious title contender.........

Posted by aqeelruby on (June 11, 2009, 8:55 GMT)

AOA, Every Muslim, thanks for those are appriciatiing the PCB and Abdul Razak We can Hope Inshallah Pakistan will get place in the Sami-Final and Final by the Grace of Allah.... Inshallah.. Also This is my request to all lover of Pak team please make prayer for pak team to get succed in this T20. Thanks in advance....

Muhammad Aqeel

Posted by asimmahmood on (June 11, 2009, 8:45 GMT)

I am glad to hear that a top player like Abdul Razaq is going to be returning to the palistan side this should give the team a boost and will hopefully strengthen the team. They should also think about bringing the likes of imran nazir, imran frhat and mohammed yusuf as well

Posted by naeemqamar on (June 11, 2009, 8:44 GMT)

This will complete Pakistan team, as they badly need a finisher because of the failure of Shahid Afridi at the death overs, which is not an Afridi game for me. Pakistan should consider Afridi for an opener or No. 3 inside first 6 overs. Pakistan is way behind in batting of first 6 overs compare to other teams in super 8. Razzaq is a deadly cricketer at any number and he proved it in ICL and RBS T20. He can also bowl a usefull seamers in English conditions. I am seeing Pakistan into the final now. Good Luck green shirts.

Posted by Walid.Malik on (June 11, 2009, 8:42 GMT)

Call that a blessing for pakistan cricket that Abdur Razzak is back from no where . when i first saw this thread saying pcb has asked for approval it was like impossible for me to beleive ICC would give him the green signal anyways we got our player back in our squad so we should use him carefully ... probably use him as a batsman ! instead of Salman butt ! my team for Sri lanka would be :

Kamran Akmal Abdur Razzak Shoaib Malik Misbah Ul Haq Fawad Alam Shahid Afridi Younis Khan Sohail Tanvir Mohammed Amir Saeed Ajmal Umar Gul

that looks like a fire packed team ! hope pcb understands that and dont drop fawad alam instead of our team opener salman butt !

Posted by usmancheema on (June 11, 2009, 8:36 GMT)

good to hear that Razzak is back into the side. but most people are going for inclusion of Imran Nazir into the side but i am not sure has he responded to the deadline give by PCB to the players of 31st may as i heard on 30th may that he had not given up ICL till that day.. so if thats true then he won't be able to come back into side. now when razzak is with the side i wonder who he ll be replacing. sonsidering the wining combination of last match against neitherlands that was a good performance. if tanvir is fit, he can't be dropped as he bowled reasonably well.M aamir is bowling well,shahid, saeed cant be dropped.umer is essential.only poor person ll be fawad i think. well good luck pakistan. you need to do well as whole nation is counting on you.Pakistan cricket is counting on you. keep it up guys.

Posted by DaaaZ on (June 11, 2009, 8:26 GMT)

thank god atleast PCB is not doing foolishness by giving one year cooling period like BCCI now it looks PCB is underno pressure from BCCI on the issue of ICL

Posted by 5thFear on (June 11, 2009, 8:25 GMT)

Thaks GOD, they made a good decision, on merit basis, rather then .......... . Hopefully some other players imran nazir, rana naveed and nasir jamshed who are good performers will join the team in place of butt, ahmed and Rao.

Posted by crikeater87 on (June 11, 2009, 8:18 GMT)

The spirit of the game allows us to go beyond the borders and be fascinated by the talent anywhere in the world. I'm a big fan of the aggressive cricket this Indian team plays with, the richness of their bench strength and Rohit Sharma's batting prowess in particular. I'm not optimistic about Razzaq's inclusion; he;s past his prime and performing in ICL brings no assurance that he can perform that well in international cricket. I think Imran Nazir and Imran Farhat are the only players whose game imroved after playing ICL. Muhammad Yousaf is a pathetic case when it comes to playing T20 cricket, and also when there are Younis Khan, Misbah and Shoaib Malik who are playing with similar style of batting, i.e more singles and doubles and less boundries, Yousaf's inclusion would be a burden for the team.

Posted by Ammar272 on (June 11, 2009, 8:11 GMT)

Good to hear that Abdul Razzaq is back....but pakistan should also include Imran Nazir bcz Pakistan is continously lacking in 1st 6 overs......

Posted by Owais.Shah on (June 11, 2009, 8:05 GMT)

Congrates to all Abdul Razzaq fans. Now we have to wait & see could he fullfill the expectations of his fans??

Posted by TurboKam512 on (June 11, 2009, 8:04 GMT)

I THINK 99% OF THE POSTS AGREE TO BRING BACK;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; I M R A N N A Z I R ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; PLEASE CRICINFO DO SOMETHING, MR. OSMAN HELP PAKISTAN CRICKET BY GETTING IMRAN IF NOT NOW THEN WHEN Another addition to this lions amazing streak is the RBS T20 2009 cup in which he was the captain and man of the match PCB please get Imran I am willing to pay for his ticket to England and i am sure everybody would do whatever it takes to get him back to Pakistan Team for the rest of his career after Saeed Anwar and Aamir Sohai there is hope in him alone try Imran Nazir & Imran Farhat Bring back Mohammad Yousuf, Mohammad Asif & Rana naved and see how Pakistan cricket reaches the top again please people put in more effort GET """"""I M R A N N A Z I R """"""" AND SAVE PAK CRICKET

Posted by Sohail_lala on (June 11, 2009, 7:58 GMT)

Abdul Razzak is a silent winner for the team and a real good finisher of last overs.

Abdul Razzak will be an alarming addition for the opponent. Further, his addition will boost the spirit of the team.

The only which I see with Abdul Razzak is his fielding, and I think he knows it. He must work out to overcome with this problem.

Posted by teamxxx on (June 11, 2009, 7:57 GMT)

someone commented about ABDUL RAZZAQ that he is not having a same class like the players he mentioned above, well i m not gonna agree on his comment the reason is,the twenty 20 cricket does not require any class, u just require runs in quick time,doesnt matter who score it whether it comes from the bat of Harbhajhan, Murli, or anyone else, if u want to see the "class" just go and see the test matches.well RAZZAQ is made for twenty 20 whether u like it or not,And Razzaq is only player in the world who scored 5 boundaries in one over of GLENN MAC GRATH in AUSTRALIA,At that time no other player think of doing that to the bowler of that class.his whole career is glittering with such heroics, and if Indians are looking for class , why they r not opting for sachin,dravid and laxman, and also why they r not opting for Sehwag in this tournament even against the Ireland???although he is fit to play...

Posted by Saddam_Rasool on (June 11, 2009, 7:57 GMT)

Good going PCB.... This is the first step towards reforms of Pakistani team... We need Yousaf,Asif, Rana and Imran(both in limited formats) back. though Yousaf is a certainty in July's Tests against Srilanka and Asif in October, Imran and Rana may have to wait a bit longer. Imran behaved pathetically in T20 in Pakistan and he needs to improve his behaviour.. As for as Razzaq is concerned, he think he will be and should be playing against Ireland, if not Newzeland to see whether he is inform or not. Lets hope that he can join in time before Newzeland's match... These 2 days have come up with pretty good news for Pakistan after a week or so of dismal on and off field performances from our representatives.

Posted by Nadeem.PK on (June 11, 2009, 7:44 GMT)

It 's good to listen that Razaq is back it will certaintly be a pressure on existing players to keep up that level. Opening problem in T20 could be solved by having Imran Nazeer in team. Rana inclusion will be another exapmle. All existing players will have to perform well to stop the inflow of ICL players, and this competition should be on positive site.

Posted by ajaygodbole on (June 11, 2009, 7:41 GMT)

Great News for pakistani cricket Razzaq is good player in any sort of cricket, Pakistan was missing him Even though I am an Indian, I also do like pakistani players

Posted by githu on (June 11, 2009, 7:41 GMT)

Even after the inclusion of Razaq Pakistan will not find a place in the Semifinal, that is sure.

Posted by Behjat on (June 11, 2009, 7:40 GMT)

Great News: First time I saw any postive step from PCB. Abdur Razzaq has got God Gifted skills and talent, he will really make a difference in the competition for Pakistan.

All the best to team Pakistan.

Posted by pixlogics on (June 11, 2009, 7:33 GMT)

That's really a very wise decision by PCB to include Abdul Razzaq, and now Pakistan can easily reach to the Final and win the World cup.

Posted by Bharat1981 on (June 11, 2009, 7:27 GMT)

I am an Indian fan but I have been an admirer of great Pakistani players of the past, Wasim Akram, Imran Khan, Waqar Younus etc. I also like the fighting spirit of the earlier Pakistani teams, which seems to be lacking in the current team. But Abdul Razzaq is one of the best players for T20 for Pakistan. He is a clean hitter of the ball. His inclusion will strengthen the Pakistani team for experience and depth in batting as also late onslaught. With Razzaq's inclusion, Pakistani team has become a big threat to other teams. Pakistan also needs Mohd. Yousuf and Imran Nazir in their team to further strengthen their team.

Posted by zuhair250 on (June 11, 2009, 7:27 GMT)

I love to see Razzaq, the King of Six Hitters playing for Pakistan again. He is a much improved bowler now as well.

Posted by A_PROUD_INDIAN on (June 11, 2009, 7:27 GMT)

WOW.... Great news for Pak & for cricket. He is one of the best all rounders in world cricket.

Posted by irfanulhaq on (June 11, 2009, 7:22 GMT)

@ Deenesh, Funny Comment by Deenesh, Looks like you have not seen cricket a lot, that is why you are considering guy like Zaheer as a match winner & Abdul Razzaq nothing. I can just laugh only on your comment. Wish you best of luck Mr. Abdul Razzaq I am confident that you will provide the firepower which was lacking in our team with your huge sixes.

Posted by Legend11 on (June 11, 2009, 7:14 GMT)

Thannks GOD that we are free from a burden named as YASIR ARFAAT. He along with Fawad Alam are the two un necessary burdens on Pakistan team

GReattttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt Razzaq is back. He deserves to be a squad. Go Paki go...

Posted by Saamee on (June 11, 2009, 7:13 GMT)

Can someone please explain to me how Shoaib Malik keeps getting into the team? He's neither a batsman nor a bowler. They must drop him immediately as he consumes far too many deliveries and then gets out without contributing much to the score, putting pressure on other batsmen like Misbah and Afridi.

Please drop him as soon as possible. The guy is a hopeless cricketer. Pakistan keep playing him merely because he's a good fielder. But that makes no sense. You can't pick a guy who neither a batsman nor a bowler in the team.

Posted by NeabzZZzz on (June 11, 2009, 7:04 GMT)

Thanks God about the decision taken by PCB. I think some higher management of PCB become Personal with Key Players, due to this behavior, Players go for other opportunity. & obviously Pakistan loss their Key Players! :( PCB should take decision in the interest of PAKISTAN CRICKET not for personal !!!!!!!.

Posted by CcRrAaZzYy on (June 11, 2009, 6:58 GMT)

Abdiul Razzaq is a good option instead of Yasir Arafat.... but instead of the newcomer Shahzaib Hasan PCB should send Imran Nazir... Shahzaib Hasan onl played the warm up match against India and he did not do well.... so dropping him and bringing Imran Nazir back to the squad would be handful.... Good Luck to the PCB..!!!

Posted by Cricfan27 on (June 11, 2009, 6:58 GMT)

Welcome back Razzak and thanks PCB! But I am still lamenting not seeing Rana Navid, Imran Nazir and Shahid Nazir ( who is, in my point of view, probably the best economy bowler in the world of T20 after Shahid Afridi). Saare Jahan se accha Pakistan hamara..

Posted by xana.pezza on (June 11, 2009, 6:46 GMT)

The decision taken by the PCB after i.e inclusion of Abdul Razzak is really an excellent one, It will definitely boost the moral of the Pakistan team and it will also consolidate the bowling and batting strength of Pakistan team.Abdul Razzak is an out standing all rounder and a very cool and clean hitter of the ball.I still remember his 5 fours in five balls to McGrath in Australia. So congratulation to Pakistan team and its fan and good luck.

Posted by Aravari on (June 11, 2009, 6:42 GMT)

Great Great Great News for Pakistan. Earlier i was anticipating an early exit of Pakistan from Super Eight, but now Semi Final sopt is looking fairly easy & chances are high for lifting the T20 Trophy.

Posted by TurboKam512 on (June 11, 2009, 6:42 GMT)

T20 wc 2007 final Imran Nazir 33 Off 14 balls - run out That was the luck of the Indians Now T20 WC 2009 No Capable Pakistani Players in the team This is the planning and influence of BCCI (Indians) so basically it them who are to be blamed for everything Let the team below come and bring on the 12 T20 teams play together against PAKISTAN Imran Nazir Imran Farhat Shahid Afridi Mohammad Yousuf Abdul Razzaq Rana Naved Kamran Akmal Shoaib Malik Sohail Tanvir Umar Gul Saeed Ajmal

Posted by umairsddq on (June 11, 2009, 6:35 GMT)

well if sohail tanvir is injured why dont they send him back too and bring imran nazir the way that guy took on some of the bowlers in ICL he could single handedly win matches for us!

Posted by irfanulhaq on (June 11, 2009, 6:31 GMT)

I wish, if we could have Imran Nazir with Abdul Razzaq, that would have increased the chances of winning this T20 wold cup. These 2 are deadly dangerous players in this T20 cricket.

Posted by ISH282 on (June 11, 2009, 6:28 GMT)

EXCELLENT NEWS. THIS NEWS HAS MADE MY DAY. One more change required, ie either replace Shoaib Malik with Imran Nazir or promote Misbah one down & Shoaib should bat at # 4.

Posted by Muneeb2010 on (June 11, 2009, 6:14 GMT)

I agree with Deenesh, that Razzaq is not a player like Gayle, Gibbs Sehwag or Jayasuria. But there is one point to note that Pakistani team is not like other teams, which depends on their major players only. Downorder batsmen and allrounders ever supported Pakistani batting. Our team ever had a problem with their top order batting. After Saeed anwar and Aamir Sohail pakistan has failed to find another good opening pair.

But still if you see winning rate of this young Pakistani team yet still much better to many other teams of the world. Like India their team keeps many big names like Sachin, Sehwag, Dhoni, Yuvraj, but most of these players fail to deliver the winning stokes. I say to win a game there should be a collective effort, and experianced players they can really be helpful in guiding the younger players. Coming of AbdulRazzaq to pakistani team will definately be a plus point AbdulRazzaq can definately contribute in it with his performance and experiance.

Posted by Madddy on (June 11, 2009, 6:09 GMT)

This really a very good move by PCB to pick Razaq. They would have also picked dashing opener Imran Nazir and all rounder Rana Naveed in the team for this T20 WC. These three are specialist and have done very well in ICL. It would have made lot of differences to the Pak's success at T20 WC. PCB should keep all these ICL issues when it comes for the country. It would have picked them before the WC.

If these three players were there in the team, I am sure Pak were one of the favorites for the WC. Without these 3, I doubt they will qualify for SF now. Earlier I was wondering whether they will qualify for Super 8 also... Now Pak have to rely upon Misba and Razaq…

Anyways… Mera Bharat Mahaan… I bet for India… My teams for final will be Ind V/S SA

Posted by rajkika on (June 11, 2009, 6:05 GMT)

Well once again a new ploy from pakistan to cheat and stay in the tournament.....make this a point world cup hosting rights are taken away from them...they are the definate winner for T20 - 2009

Posted by F.C.C. on (June 11, 2009, 6:05 GMT)

Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Younas Khan, Misbah- Ul- Haq, Abdul Razzaq,Shahid Afridi,Fawad Alam OR Suhail Tanvir,Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal,Muhammad Amar, If Muhammad Yusaf, Imran Nazir & Shoaib Akhtar would be in this team,Pakistan could win this WC 100% Wish you Good luck Pakistan. Shahid Mansoor L.A.California

Posted by imranm3m0n on (June 11, 2009, 6:04 GMT)

Alhamdulillah May Allah Helps Razzaq, Insha Allah He will be Best All Rounder of the Tournament Insha Allah... Pakistan Should Request for Rana Naved in Place of Suhail Tanvir (Rana is in England)

Posted by phadyar on (June 11, 2009, 6:04 GMT)

imran nazir and rana should be included in T-20 squad. they have performed well in recent past.Shoib akhtar is a player of only 4 overs now,, becoz he dont hav stamina of 10 or more over, i m really surprized y pcb has not added him in squad ,, he could hav been help full in 4 over .

Posted by irfanulhaq on (June 11, 2009, 6:03 GMT)

@ Deenesh

Funny Comment by Deenesh, Looks like you have seen cricket a lot, that is why you are considering guy like Zaheer as a match winner & Abdul Razzaq nothing. I can just laugh only on your comment. Wish you best of luck Mr. Abdul Razzaq I am confident that you will provide the firepower which was lacking in our team with your huge sixes.

Posted by SHAKKAN3 on (June 11, 2009, 5:47 GMT)

its good news that Abdul Razzaque has been included in Pakistani squad playing in T20 world cup in England now.Let us hope for the best.Its now likely that Pakistan goes into the semifinals.

Posted by Asif_Iqbal on (June 11, 2009, 5:44 GMT)

Good replacement also replace injured Sohail to Rana Naved ................. & if possible make an opner injured to replace with Imrean Nazir . ha ha ha

Posted by LeoSaqib on (June 11, 2009, 5:44 GMT)

Dear Deenesh, I can understand the feelings of Indians on inclusion of A.Razzaq,Certainly a VERY BAD NEWS.Either you have a very short memory or for your own convenience trying to neglect what Razzaq has done to India in his last Indian tour and than again during Indian team's last tour of Pakistan.If still unable to remember,just look at the both ICL tournament where he treated Indian BIG names like they are street cricketer,both with batting and bowling.Indian board certainly know how to conspire against Pak team but they have too small heart to face typhoon like A.Razzaq.I request you to visit youtube and insert the name of this player,you will instantly realiese what this guy has done world class bowlers, including the names you have mentioned abow.If PCB would have taken this decision earliar,situation would have been entirly different, as we say better late,then never.Welcome back A.Razzaq.

Posted by TurboKam512 on (June 11, 2009, 5:35 GMT)

Jhaka is back and we still miss Imran Nazir that is the whole controversy ICC is basically ruled by Indians so they dont want Pakistan to win and therefore they dont want to let the Lion out of the den Imran nazir is the Lion who will shatter any team any day its the fear of him that sends chills to the big teams especially the neighbours who are very well informed abt his talent after his soul demolition of the entire ICL teams I say if the ICC is loose with Abdul RAzzaq then what stops PCB to get in Imran Nazir the PCB batting is troubled anyways the captain thinks its a fun game then might as well send him back so he may have some fun by himself Shoaib malik is a better captain than Younis who should be restricted to test only My team Imran Nazir Imran Farhat S. Afridi Abdul razzaq Kamran Akmal Misbah ul Haq Shoaib Malik Fawad Alam Sohail Tanvir Saeed Ajmal Umar Gul Shoaib Akhtar Also the Manager of the Team Should be Inzamam Ul Haq And Coach Moin Akhtar

Posted by teshin on (June 11, 2009, 5:31 GMT)

great news for pakistani Fans and cricket fans as well. this will boost paki camp and some great cricket will be available to watch.

Posted by Umairsq on (June 11, 2009, 5:27 GMT)

I am really so Happy about Abdul Razzak to Returning in International Cricket, But all Pakistanis Also want to back Imran Nazir and Rana Naved-Ul-Hassan.... for this ICC Twenty20 World Cup..... because Before World Cup Pakistani Selection is Not Satisfy the Pakistani People....We really Donot Want This Kind of PCB Selection Comettie in Pakistan... They Choose Not Pakistan They Choose Only For Our-Self.... We Need More Energy PLayers for Pakistan Like IMRAN and NAVED also.... Our Captain is not Perfect for Twenty20 Cricket that is why is Dis-like Twenty20 Cricket...He thinks only for he Unusall mind and for Pakistan Peoples... He is not Brave Captain that is why he Fail in Twenty20 Cricket and ODI Cricket as Capitain..... We need soon Pakistan will Champion forever as Like Australia and India

Posted by semab on (June 11, 2009, 5:20 GMT)

Welcome back Abdul Razzaq..... Its great news to hear that now you are a part of Pakistan squard.. wow... I am requesting to PCB plz relase also Imran nazir only for T20....

Posted by xuberie on (June 11, 2009, 5:20 GMT)

That is one of the Best news I have heard from PCB since Long,,, But I do believe one more PLayer should be replaced and that is Rana Naveed in place of injured Sohail Tanveer. rana is curently playing in Yorkshire so he will be avilable on urgent basis and he has converted himself into an allrounder lately.

Posted by aceruser on (June 11, 2009, 5:03 GMT)

Well, there must be a reason why PCB is not picking Nazir for WC. I hope PCB fix its issues if any with Nazir ASAP and favours Pakistan Cricket. Some time we really go hard at administration, without knowning ground realities. Leacing Nazir aside, being Pakistani we hail PCB's decision over Razzaq, now all eyes on Razzaq i wish we performs to over expectations and take Pakistan atleast to semis..Boys/Gurls we are going to have great time in super 8. Have faith in our boys, lets see what they can demonstrate. Whining wont fetch any thing home other than stress and disappointment.


Posted by jajjee on (June 11, 2009, 4:59 GMT)

this is the best time when he added the razzaq in the team.... now the team is like 1) Kamran Akmal 2) Shahid Afridi 3) Salman But 4) Shoaib Malik 5) Younis khan 6) Misbah ul haq 7) Abdur Razzaq 8) Sohail Tanveer 9) Umar Gul 10) Mohammad Aamir 11) Saeed Ajmal

this is the best combination to be played in super 8 kindly take chance with afridi in the opening bcoz he is use less in lower order with the bat.

Posted by WASEEMSAJID on (June 11, 2009, 4:42 GMT)

Wellcome back to Abdul Razzaq. You are one of the greatest players we have. I also wants to see Muhammad Yousaf in squad as we have seen that pakistani batting line collapses against Australia and here in W T20. Therefore i will prefer some new face on Imran Nazir's as he is in the scene for almost 8-10 years but cant prove him self on international level. And he has played 74 ODI's having average just over 24 with one 100 against Zimbabwe and 9 fifties. Except these 10 inings he was fully flopped in all others. Even mostly he scores under 20.

Posted by QaiserKhattak on (June 11, 2009, 4:31 GMT)

Abdul Razzaq is the best player of pakistan side. so i think this is a goog decision from PCB. and IF they give chance to RANA NAVEED AND IMRAN NAZIR this will be a very good decision for pakistan cricket.

i wish that pakistan win this t20 world cup .

Posted by shabzeleven on (June 11, 2009, 4:20 GMT)

nice it is really a good news for all Paki fans !! razzaq is a genuine allrounder! he has ultimate talent ! hope he ll click in upcoming matches of S8 , now imran nazir should join the party .

Posted by Samiullah-Niazi on (June 11, 2009, 4:16 GMT)

PCB please please please USE COMMON SENSE and also bring IMRAN NAZIR back in team.

Posted by noman_2009 on (June 11, 2009, 4:14 GMT)

Now dey should drop shshzaib hasan and bring imran nazir

Posted by vakeel on (June 11, 2009, 4:14 GMT)

Absolutely sensational, it would be better if the same decision had taken starting time of the tournament, no fear for pakistan now, they have strong middle order now, now they can send shahid afridi as a opener, or else razack. and IMRAN NAZIR is a big hitter in T20 cricket, it will boost the team if imran nazir is aslo included. i want PCB to take decision rapidly, and allow the players of ICL to come soon on pakistan side.

Posted by Mansoor on (June 11, 2009, 3:45 GMT)

I am glad that the PCB has finally come to some of its senses if it had any to begin with. Razzaq is a very valuable all rounder and he has proved this point many times over. Similarly, Imran Nazir also deserves to be back in the squad. The batting order should be: 1. Kamran Akmal 2. Imran Nazir 3. Misbah Ul Haq 4. Younus Khan 5. Shahid Afridi 6. Abul Razzaq 7. Sohail Tanwir 8. Either Shoaib Malik or Fawad Alam 9. Mohd Aamer 10. Saeed Ajmal 11. Umar Gul

Posted by smooth_operator on (June 11, 2009, 3:43 GMT)

yupeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee great news ..........

hopin that any other player also gets injured so that imran nazir will also be the one of the member ofpakistani team lifting icc world cup t20 trophy


Posted by shahangee on (June 11, 2009, 3:41 GMT)

welcome back to A Razzaq. but we r also missing imran nazir. plz drop shoeb malik.

Posted by virtualshah on (June 11, 2009, 3:39 GMT)

Welcome back ABDU and the one of the wisest decision made by PCB/ Pakistan Cricket after Immy's retirement.

Posted by Adeekhans on (June 11, 2009, 3:32 GMT)

Pakistani Nation warmly welcomes your return back in the side Mr. Razzaq. Best of luck for a new journey. Unarguably return of this master blaster means a huge threat to the claimers of this cup like South Africa and Particularly India. Indians be ready for it. Now i think balance is equal and keep on your toes.

Posted by RENYRAO on (June 11, 2009, 3:30 GMT)



Posted by Deenesh on (June 11, 2009, 3:28 GMT)

Well, Razzaq is certainly going to be a plus for Pakistan. However, don't get too excited. Razzaq is not a player like Gayle, Gibbs, Sehwag or Jayasuriya. Neither is he a player like Murali, Warne, Zaheer or Lee. he can't win games by himself. So don't be surprised if Pakistan don't get immediate success with their newfound "addition".

Posted by THE-KAYTS on (June 11, 2009, 3:25 GMT)

The performance of Abdul Razaq in T 20 had been outstanding for the last two years. I think he is the best announcement from the PCB but still we need Imran Nazir in the side.

Posted by yeostudent on (June 11, 2009, 3:11 GMT)

Yay !!!

Go Razzaq !!!!!

Posted by TAMOOR.QURESHI on (June 11, 2009, 3:03 GMT)

In my thinking future of Yasir Arafat is definitely a question mark after his injury as he played a lot of county cricket in England and still unable to perform and injured. On the other hand I think it is a right decision of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt to send Abdul Razzaq (All rounder). But I am so surprised earlier when PCB not sent Abdul Razzaq for T20 world cup and send Rao Iftikhar (Medium Fast Bowler) as a replacement of Shoaib Akhter, who was earlier injured.

Rao Iftikher has not been involved in T20 world cup so far if PCB take him just for tour then I think Imran Nazir could be a good option instead of him.

But I believe let's take people it as just a good opening from PCB and hope other good steps will also take place soon.

Posted by F.C.C. on (June 11, 2009, 2:59 GMT)

I'm very happy that ICC approved the PCB request about Abdul Razzaq to join the Pakistani team in England for ICC T20WC.This is very encouraging news for his cricket fans all over the world and for Pakistan.I request to PCB would they please forgive Imran Nazir to join the same event And replace him with some other injured person.i also wanted to see Shoaib Akhtar in this World Cup,But it could be a difficult decision.Wish you good luck A.Razzaq. Shahid Mansoor Los Angeles,Ca

Posted by formanite on (June 11, 2009, 2:24 GMT)

Now lets hope that salman butt also gets unfit and then he can be replaced by Imran Nazir :).

Posted by jamal22066 on (June 11, 2009, 2:20 GMT)

Whats up with the Imran Nazir supporters? He has done abosutly nothing to merit a place in the side.

Posted by allysarkar on (June 11, 2009, 2:16 GMT)

The great decision has taken to include Abdul Razzaq for the t20 world cup 2009, and u will must improve performances of Pakistan team in the ground and every buddy knws that the ability of Abdul Razzaq wht he can doo .. and and he is also prove a point tooooo ....sooooo he is the best hitter in late order and if he get a chance to open the inning hmmmm ... and best of luck Abdul Razzaq and Pakistan Team 4 the rest of the world cupp and the opposite team tooo .....

Posted by dilchasp on (June 11, 2009, 2:12 GMT)

Just type on Abdul Razzaq vs McGrath and see the majic show of Razzaq against McGrath (world's most accurate bowler of the last 10-15 years), i.e 5 consecutive FOURS in one over. Razzaq can devastate the finest bowler so badly, that it is very difficult for the bowler to get the confidence back. This is going to start a new era in pakistani cricket, I hope the next will be Imran Nazir who is as lethal as Abdul Razzaq, followed by Rana Naveed and Imran Farhat. Pakistan chances winning the world cup have increased trumendously. Good luck! Abdul Razzaq.

Posted by Uzi-Khan on (June 10, 2009, 23:53 GMT)

Let's be quite frank, Yasir Arafat is nowhere in the class of Razzaq. It's a good thing they brought him back considering the lacklustre performance from the team recently. Similarly like many other people, i too feel that Imran Nazir should also be brought back in to the side. Had he not have been run out in the final against India in 2007, it was plainly obvious to everyone that he was going to win the game for Pakistan.

I think that Salman Butt should definetely be dropped from the side for Imran Nazir. He enjoys giving catches to slip and quite frankly wastes his time at the crease.

Afridi is a very irresponsible player and hopefully Razzaq's re admission in to the side may possibly revitalise the middle order.

Pakistan are still underdogs and unsurprisingly many do not speak highly of their chances, yet regardless they may pull out tricks from their sleeve.

Posted by Leojatt on (June 10, 2009, 23:46 GMT)

It is about time the PCB took the Pakistan supporters feelings in to account and made the brave decision to include A.Razzaq in the team and we hope Imran Nazir will also be given a comeback chance in the very near future. Btw, I dont think Younis Khan is the right man for the captaincy. He is a real embarassment when he opens his mouth. He loves waffling!!! How about trying Shahid Afridi for this role? I am certain he won't do any worse than his predecessors. He is dynamic, passionate and innovative. No doubt, he will inspire the team as he will lead from the front.

Posted by zubairbutt on (June 10, 2009, 23:20 GMT)

great,abdul razak in the team now.we are hoping the same with imran nazir and mohammad yousaf.let,s make the strong pakistani team.with the combination of imran nazir,razak and mohammad yousaf will be delighted the pakistani batting.imran nazir have the ability to hit the ball from the very first ball of the inng.s and mohammad yousaf can manage the middile order. i hope the pcb will not waste any more time to bring back these legend,s in the team soon.come on pakistani team let,s fight ffor the twenty20.

Posted by BaigSaqib on (June 10, 2009, 23:10 GMT)

I saw someone made a comment for Shoaib Malik that he has not done anything is last 2 years; may be, but look at stats - During 2007 Malik scored 707 runs @ 41.58 at a strike rate of 78.38 - During 2008 Malik scored 681 runs @ 48.64 at an strike rate of 92.02. As captain scored 1,225 runs @ 43.75 at 88.51 stike rate. Please do not make blind comments. Thanks for understanding.

Posted by ShahroseKhan on (June 10, 2009, 23:04 GMT)

Imran Nazir + Muhammed Yousuf = World Cup winning Pakistani team

Posted by khan911 on (June 10, 2009, 22:45 GMT)

Nice to see pakistani's being hyped up about a player for once ...about imran nazir...when the matter of replacement goes up to icc's technical wing they see to it wether the player was a batsman ,bowler,wicketkeeper or and razzaq's case he is an allrounder replacing yasir arafar again an allrounder, for imran nazir to go...either of the openers would have to get basicall all isnt so easy as it looks **cheers**

Posted by nadal786 on (June 10, 2009, 22:41 GMT)

fantastic ! atleast someone has had a kick up the backside and bought back razzaq ! we need IMRAN NAZIR i repeat we need IMRAN NAZIR and then we can compete with the best and then it will put fear into other teams! its a world cup we want it and we need IMRAN NAZIR

Posted by xxxxxxxx on (June 10, 2009, 22:17 GMT)

I was going to watch the super 8s match against NZ but was not so optimistic about our chances. Now things change! The only problem with the team is the openers (Butt in particular).... but then its been always the case for Pakistan. This can mean so much....

Posted by HaroonNaseerKhan on (June 10, 2009, 22:15 GMT)

I know that it has already been debated a lot that why don't we see likes as Imran Nazir,Abdur Razzaq, Rana NAveed and Imran Farhat in this team but the thing that bothers me the most is that Pakistan decided to go ahead with Salman Butt and Younis Khan and Yassir Arafat none of which has the reputation of a T20 game. What PCB has to realise is that T20 is an entirely different format of game and if a player takes it as a JOKE thn i think its a joke to let him lead the country in the 1st place.I am a very big an of Younis but we have to realise here that his style of game doesn't suit the 20/20 format.They shld let Farhat and Nazir handle the pressure both of whom have the required reputation and qualities. I that wasn't enough they hav slipped Afridi at number 6, Afridi has always been a gamble when it comes to batting so let him open for GOD SAKE.It's the ideal kind of game for his style of batting, if he stays in for only 6 overs alone it will do wonders for Pakistani Team.Right nw

Posted by shahidmahmood on (June 10, 2009, 22:14 GMT)


Pakistan needed Razzaq back into international cricket as the need a batsmen & fast bowler all-rounder. This also is good as their tail is weak. Plus they also need a batsmen that can play lots of overs

Posted by mansoor.huda on (June 10, 2009, 22:08 GMT)

Congrats to PCB for one good decision just at the right time!

Posted by yoursusher on (June 10, 2009, 21:30 GMT)

It's a very great news and we all are very very happy from heart. I hope Imran and rana will be back for Srilanka tour. And yes i am 200% agree that with out imran nazir Afridi should open the batting. Bcoz he has the ability to provide a flying start as no fielder on the boundries. But he has admit one of his interviews that he like more to open in Asia as compare to these wickets. But he should come with the brave heart. bcoz he is the man and he can do it. Now razak at 6 and afridi and kamran opening would be rocking Inshallah. And i also agreed that Mishbah should come at 3. Thanks for all the comments , Love you Pakistan.

Posted by shahrukh on (June 10, 2009, 21:30 GMT)

PCB should really consider bringing in Imran Nazir to the side, atleast PCB did a smart thing by adding Razzaq into the squad, his big hitting and medium pace bowling will surely be usedful to pakistan also the fact that hes a twenty twenty specialist......

Posted by ejsiddiqui on (June 10, 2009, 21:14 GMT)

Thats a great decision. Abdul Razzaq is the cleanest hitter in world cricket. Lets hope Imran Nazir, Rana and other players get back very soon.

Posted by pakmacman on (June 10, 2009, 21:11 GMT)

Should be a useful addition. More important issue is the Captaincy of the Pakistani team at the moment. We need to establish roles and stick to them as we progress through the WC. I hope team management and Younis implement a strategy that focuses on the strengths of this squad.

Posted by kanindian on (June 10, 2009, 21:10 GMT)

Well at least they have the sense to see what is best for the country. Though I am from Canada I want the best players representing their country. Now if Razzaq has been given the opportunity, why not others who did figure in the ICL with flying colours not be in this side. Looking at the performance I have a feeling that at least 5 or 6 of those who played there definitely deserved to be in this final eleven. Imran Nazir, Naved Rana, Imran Farhat to name a few, also deserved a chance. But anyway I hope they realize sooner than later that there are better players than the 14 chosen initially for this world cup. Good luck Canindian

Posted by bhushanjain78007 on (June 10, 2009, 21:05 GMT)

after all they realised the importance of razzaq, he will definitely boost the batting at least.he is a good bowler too. Now they should give afridi an oppurtunity to open the innings. keeping fawad alam in the playing 11 will be quite the playing 11 should be afridi,akmal,malik,yonis,misbah,fawad alam,razzaq,tanvir,gul,aamer,ajmal. this team has 4 fast bowlers,2 specialist spinners,2 part time spinners ,so a good blend of bowling attack.And, as far as batting is concerned good amalgamation of power hitters & single pickers.

of late , good work pcb...

Posted by Arbab.Danish on (June 10, 2009, 21:01 GMT)

I hope this will leave a a well observed impact on Pakistan team and as a result on whole tournament. he is really really a wonderful player. just a very few players in the world are all rounders of his calibre

Posted by Raza on (June 10, 2009, 20:51 GMT)

this is realy great news for pakistan Cricket. I hope Imran Nazir and Imran Frahat will also make thier comback pakistan further chances will be very bright if theese all thre will join the team

Posted by Saim93 on (June 10, 2009, 20:48 GMT)

Yes!This is great news.Razzaq will boost the pakistan batting and bowling attack.

Posted by fahadali000 on (June 10, 2009, 20:38 GMT)

Something is desperately better than nothing for our pakistani team right now! and razzaq is as good as all our batsmen considering their form and pinch hitting skills! so lets prepare ourselves to watch some exclusive power hitting :)

Posted by Usman_J on (June 10, 2009, 20:26 GMT)

Thats the BEST DECISION ever taken by PCB. This will light up the the Pakistani team. I hope to see Imran Nazir back in Pak squad. Thanks to ICC for showing thier support once in blue for PAKISTAN !!

Posted by zanidaf on (June 10, 2009, 20:26 GMT)

This move can do wonders for Pakistan.. Its one wisest move PCB has taken in years.. Good Luck Pakistan!!!!!!!!

Posted by itsharis999 on (June 10, 2009, 20:23 GMT)

yay! a very good decision to bring back Abdul Razzaq.. He's indeed one of the very best all rounder for Pakistan and a very good fit in the twenty20 format. He alongwith Shahid Afridi would make an amazing pair in the side. Now the next best thing is to injure Salman Butt and get Imran Nazir back in the squad. :)

All the best Pakistan!!!

Posted by suleman117 on (June 10, 2009, 19:19 GMT)

Well its really one of the wisest decision PCB have taken from some time,razzaq is one of the finest hitter of cricket ball and he is a nice bowler too so in short he is one of the devistating all rounder of world cricket and T20 format suits his style of playing,and yes PCB should fight the case of Imran Nazir with ICC as right now he is the dangerous new ball batsmen in pakistan and better than many in the team right now,and we as pakistani are happy of being Abdul razzaq back in Pakistani team and all will see the difference and those who have said that he is slogger i am sorry sir/mam hope you know a bit about cricket,and my indian bro as a crieckt lover i like dhoni,yuvraj,sachin,sehwag,and many more and we love them playing and treat them as a cricketer prior to that they are indian so appreciate positive things with big heart,Razzaq will bring new life in to T20 world cup so its a good step for the game

Posted by Mythsmoke on (June 10, 2009, 19:11 GMT)

Slow bowling all rounder razzaq will complement our spin attack no end.... time to rest this myth of Razzaq the so-called all-rounder...

Posted by colourfull on (June 10, 2009, 19:10 GMT)

they should call imran nazir aswell....then the team would be rocking

Posted by ...86... on (June 10, 2009, 18:49 GMT)

Lets not get so hyped up with this decision...Because all the focus willbe on Razzaq if hes back....i hope so...this dreadful team needs a sparkle...But i canot believe why why and why is Imran NAzir not on that list.....PCB management is insane absolutely blid and rubbish. You cant think of wining a tournament with Salman the moderate Butt as the opener and the new kid with no experience. My younger bro can make 20 runs in 20 balls. Well if thats not the case then ryt now open with Afridi cuz hes gona do nothing at 5 or 6 any how. Send in Misbah as 3 cuz hes the best batsman in the tea at the moment. Kamran at 4, Razzaq at 5 and pls kick out shoaib malik hes done no good in 2 years now. Please PCB wake up damit!!! theres a world cup at stake.

Posted by umairhuda on (June 10, 2009, 18:46 GMT)

This is a cool breeze in Pakistan cricket, well done PCB. I hope Razzaq will do well for Pakistan and he will bring back the pride of Pakistan cricket with the help of other Pakistani cricketers. I hope rest of the ICL cricketers will be back soon too. Wish you all the best RAZZAQ.

Posted by AAkram1 on (June 10, 2009, 18:16 GMT)

Hope to see Imran Nazir back before the semi's too...I think razzaq will carry pk through to the semi's..he is the extra hitter in-form..but if Imran is back...Now one can stop pakistan...

Posted by MeAsFan on (June 10, 2009, 18:13 GMT)

I am not a pakistani but i am dieheart fan of pakistan team atlast pcb have take very very good decision after long long time. well done and well come back Mr. Razzaq i am sure if he will join pakistan team it will increase pakistan chance to will t20 world cup by 200%. let wish Imran Nazir and Rana Naved will also make thier place in team.

If PCB will take good and professional decission like this then that day will not far when Pakistan cricket will rule in international cricket.

Posted by Just_Love_Cricket on (June 10, 2009, 18:06 GMT)

i totally endorse comments from 'highflyer 23'. Though hats off to PCB for finally having the b***s to bring back ICL players, we should bring back Imran Nazir and not Razzaq (given we have the choice of one apparantly). we need a strong opening batsman in this format as Salman Butt is more of a 50 over player. Just imagine - Imran Nazir and Kamran Akmal opening - that would challenge the best bowlers around; and give Pakistan a much needed boost. Come one PCB - one right move deserves another.

Posted by ateequrrahman on (June 10, 2009, 18:05 GMT)

He is the best hitter in the world according to few experts and players like Stephen Fleming and best all rounder according to Geofry Bycott. He must be part of Pak team. he has already suffered a lot due to stupped decisions of bord. Now he must be compensated.

Posted by ProudPakistani1 on (June 10, 2009, 17:51 GMT)

Very good decision by PCB. Pakistan cricket needs talent of such a caliber like A. Razzaq. Best of Luck for Pakistan.

Posted by nadal786 on (June 10, 2009, 17:46 GMT)

great news just waiting for the conformation from pcb it will make a big difference in the outcome of the tournment regarding pakistan but we are still lacking imran nazir, imran farhat and rana naveed ! i want pcb to act quickly and wisely also i want more injuries so they can draft those in! come on bring back imran nazir atleast i am sure pcb aint blind or deaf! IMRAN NAZIR

Posted by Buntsa on (June 10, 2009, 16:52 GMT)

as beeing a india supporter and seeing that pakisthan is in indias group only in super8 .. i will like ICC to not allow razzaq to be included in the pak. side ... he is a player with tremendous callibaer and can be very dangerous ... 1 of the best allrounders and hitter pak. have possessed ....

Posted by Blushi on (June 10, 2009, 16:51 GMT)

Well Done PCB, it's really good news for Pakistan cricket and hopefully we could see Razzaq in action with some powerful shots and some big sixes with 150 meters: All the best PCB for T20 World Cup:

Posted by aabilgrami on (June 10, 2009, 16:40 GMT)

About time.. the Pak team needs experienced and dynamic batsmen like Razzaq and Imran Nazir who can hit the ball around in the t20 format.

Posted by highflyer23 on (June 10, 2009, 16:31 GMT)

Mr. Osman Samiuddin. You seem like a wise guy, being the editor of cricinfo. then how come what you have written doesn't make you question the whole situation. An act of desperation and yet another silly move by PCB doesn't seem to baffle you. Instead of writing about what is being done and praising Abdur Razzaq, you should be writing about both pros and cons of the situation rather than being bias and accepting what PCB is doing. I have two words for you and rest of the PCB management. IMRAN NAZIR!!!! read up on him, listen to the commentators around the world. OPEN your eyes and ears. This player IMRAN NAZIR is a top world class player especially in the form of 20/20. He has shown it over and over again, has single handedly won games for Lahore Badshahs, yet no one seems to be thinking about him. We need a STRONG batsman, not a slog hitter who can barely field and his bowling is as pathetic as my son.

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Posted by vohrabhai on (June 10, 2009, 16:25 GMT)

A very smart move by the PCB, taking in account Razzak's past performance in English conditions. All time favorite and most deserving inclusion in the squad - ICC must accept his approval.

Posted by Basharat_Ali on (June 10, 2009, 16:02 GMT)

Finally some right move from the PCB. I would love to see Imran Nazir back. That will boost their chances to do well in the tournament.

Just feel that they need to give Afridi chance at the top. Sending him with one over to go just doesn't help.

Posted by wanderer1 on (June 10, 2009, 15:43 GMT)

Also just wait for the pedantic flood of outsider comments about Pakistani players chasing money by teaming up with the ICL. The ICL was the victim, not the aggressor against the BCCI. And those players were initially well within their rights to sign up. Unfortunately what transpired left a few players still vying to play for Pakistan in limbo land. But it's good to see the good players returning.

Posted by Roamer on (June 10, 2009, 15:40 GMT)

Finally Pakistan has started to realize they are playing Twenty20 and choosing players accordingly. I hope some opener gets unfit and they select Imran Nazir. Also they can replace teh second seamer with Rana Naveed.

Posted by wanderer1 on (June 10, 2009, 15:09 GMT)

Very good player. Perfectly suited for 20/20. Shame he wasn't playing earlier, bring him on as opener, drop Salman Butt. This guy has more raw power than Afridi.

Posted by jawana on (June 10, 2009, 15:02 GMT)

What a decision by PCB!!! If accepted by ICC, It will not only boost Pakistani team but also will change the fate of ICL players who have been suffering just because of BCCI. It is very crucial for the team who is still struggling both in bowling as well as batting. I hope Razzaq will show his power to take Pakistan beyond Semies. Well done PCB!!!

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