Pakistan news December 12, 2011

Youngsters must be carefully chosen - Razzaq

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Abdul Razzaq, the Pakistan allrounder, has said Pakistan must be cautious in their policy of picking young players and should ensure only those cricketers with real talent are given a chance. In the last two years, Pakistan have handed 11 different players Test debuts, while another five players have earned their first ODI cap. Razzaq said that rebuilding was necessary, but the selectors should be sure the players they back can be successful at international level.

"Bringing in young players is a good move and that is an ongoing process," Razzaq told ESPNcricinfo. "But only talented players, who are tough and have superb class, should be called up."

Pakistan experimented on their recent tour of Zimbabwe and have a couple of young, untested fast bowlers - Mohammad Talha and Mohammad Khalil - in their squad for the Tests in Bangladesh. Razzaq, though, said players should not only be tried against low-profile opposition. "I remember when I debuted in 1996 my seniors gave me a benchmark, and said I had to prove my ability by performing against teams like Australia, South Africa and England. All the newcomers should be tough enough to face that kind of opposition in order to be prosperous and play at least ten years of cricket."

Razzaq, who is set to depart for Australia to play for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League, said his next aim in international cricket was to play in the 2012 World Twenty20.

He said he would concentrate on the shorter formats of the game. "I still have some cricket left in me and the upcoming World Twenty20 is what I am focussing on. Test cricket is behind me; it's too late for a comeback. I want to make a final call on that but it's a decision that needs to be taken with the PCB in the loop."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • POSTED BY GreenTeam-Elite on | December 14, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Well said Razzaq...things are improving in Pak Cricket.

  • POSTED BY Crazy4cricket40 on | December 14, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    @KHILADISHER: Mr. Khiladi we will defenateley compete against Australia and S. Africa whenever the series is scheduled but can u pls give a favour by conviencing ur govt. and Cricket board officials to give permission to come visit us u guys in india in march-apr 2012. JUST DARE ONCE AND SAY YES, WE WILL SHOW YOU EVERYTHING...SPIN OF AFRIDI, AJMAL N REHMAN...PACE OF GUL, CHEEMA AND JUNAID AND BATTING OF HAFEEZ, YUNUS AND UMAR AKAML (THEY R NOT AS CLASSY AS UR BATSMENS...BUT ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO THRASH OUT UR BOWLING)......JUST SAY YES ONCE.....

  • POSTED BY khiladisher on | December 14, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    PAKISTAN HAS TO IMPROVE ITS POOR BATTING TO COMPETE AGAINST INDIA-AUSTRALIA AND SOUTH AFRICA-

  • POSTED BY on | December 14, 2011, 1:29 GMT

    Well said Asghar Maqsood, that guys a joker. Anwar and Inzi not great batsman? what? WHAT?????? haha he must have been sitting somewhere in the crowd and had his head knocked in by a six that one of them hit. after all, we all remember what they would do to the likes of prasad and srinath. no other excuse for talk like that...

  • POSTED BY on | December 14, 2011, 1:21 GMT

    @ khiladisher (2 of 2: Iim Pakistani but I go to school with a lot of Indians and I have a lot of friends from there. but, I think your the first one ive spoken to who actually denies that afridi has won games single handedly for Pakistan with the ball over the last few years. his captaincy and agression during the t-20 which we lifted was the main reason we won that trophy, that and his ability to bring the lads together on the pitch.

    Oh and lastly mate, for a team with so little talent when compared to the "mighty" india, its a wonder the head to head stats for Pak and India playing against each other are what they are. With all your lucky this and lucky that, Pak still has more wins over India overall in both the test and one day format. talking in terms of history, what that really means is this: more wins = historically superior = HISTORICALLY BETTER OVERALL.

    Talk big when you boys catch up mate. As of now, the numbers say it all.

    Cheers.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 23:28 GMT

    Agree with Razzaq that a limited number of Youths should be given a chance;

    Disagree with the matter that should not play them against weak opposition; I say play them against weak opposition first to get them used to the internationals and then persist with them for three four series against strong oppositions

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    @khiladisher thanks for that inzi was a class batsman who batted at 5 harder to have a high average batting down there but you would know that... lucky for him he had good bowlers around him so prob didnt even have to score too many ave all in the low 20's... yousaf? younis no? didnt think so .... do you just go on pakistani articles to make yourself feel better next time try writing something positive or even remotely about the article. thanks

  • POSTED BY khiladisher on | December 13, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    @-ABRAR JANUJA- JAVED MIANDAD WAS THE LAST WORLD CLASS BATSMAN THAT PAKISTAN HAS PRODUCED- SAEED ANWAR AND INZAMAM AT BEST WERE GOOD BATSMEN IN ASIAN PITCHES{ESPECIALLY PAKISTAN AND SHARJAH}-ANWAR TEST AVG AGAINST SOUTH AFRICA WAS-24-VS WEST INDIES-19 AND ENGLAND-38/EVEN HISONE DAY RECORD AGAINST SOUTH AFRICA IS A POOR AVG OF 18-AND HIS AVG AGAINST AUSTRALIA IS ONLY 22{SURELY NOT A WORLD CLASS PERFORMANCE}COMING TO INZAMAM HIS AVG AGAINST AUSTRALIA IS 31 PLAYING 14 TESTS/AND AGAINST SOUTH AFRICA ITS 32/HIS ONE DAY PERFORMANCE IN BOUNCY AND SWINGING CONDITIONS ARE ALSO POOR AVG 24 VS THE KIWIS IN NZ,26 VS AUSTRALIA AND 27 VS SOUTH AFRICA/THIS SHOWS THAT JAVED MIANDAD IS THE GREATEST BATSMAN PAKISTAN HAS EVER PRODUCED SCORING 8832 RUNS AT AVG OF 53.

  • POSTED BY Shah-Ji on | December 13, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    PAK is winning and depending on spin, Pace is their traditional strength ,and they will have to have the extraordinary pacers in near future. Ws is history, Akhtar is retired, Amir Asif gone ,Bring back Sami the fastest bowler , who had destroyed oppositions in New Zealand and Australia. His last test was Sydney ,when He almost single handed won that match.

    Now just a thought.... PCB should organize a pace bowling competition show on TV ,looking purely pace accuracy and use of seam and seam , a competition just like American idols. The will get a sponsor very easily Judges like Sarfraz, Waseem Waqar Sikandar can conduct this show,

  • POSTED BY ABRAR-JANJUA on | December 13, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq is absolutely spot on. You cant judge a player against Weak teams and you cant guess the talent until a player perform against strong Bowling side and specially in pressure situation. Till to date we are unable to find a player of Saeed Anwer or Inzamam-Ul-Haq caliber.

  • POSTED BY GreenTeam-Elite on | December 14, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Well said Razzaq...things are improving in Pak Cricket.

  • POSTED BY Crazy4cricket40 on | December 14, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    @KHILADISHER: Mr. Khiladi we will defenateley compete against Australia and S. Africa whenever the series is scheduled but can u pls give a favour by conviencing ur govt. and Cricket board officials to give permission to come visit us u guys in india in march-apr 2012. JUST DARE ONCE AND SAY YES, WE WILL SHOW YOU EVERYTHING...SPIN OF AFRIDI, AJMAL N REHMAN...PACE OF GUL, CHEEMA AND JUNAID AND BATTING OF HAFEEZ, YUNUS AND UMAR AKAML (THEY R NOT AS CLASSY AS UR BATSMENS...BUT ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO THRASH OUT UR BOWLING)......JUST SAY YES ONCE.....

  • POSTED BY khiladisher on | December 14, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    PAKISTAN HAS TO IMPROVE ITS POOR BATTING TO COMPETE AGAINST INDIA-AUSTRALIA AND SOUTH AFRICA-

  • POSTED BY on | December 14, 2011, 1:29 GMT

    Well said Asghar Maqsood, that guys a joker. Anwar and Inzi not great batsman? what? WHAT?????? haha he must have been sitting somewhere in the crowd and had his head knocked in by a six that one of them hit. after all, we all remember what they would do to the likes of prasad and srinath. no other excuse for talk like that...

  • POSTED BY on | December 14, 2011, 1:21 GMT

    @ khiladisher (2 of 2: Iim Pakistani but I go to school with a lot of Indians and I have a lot of friends from there. but, I think your the first one ive spoken to who actually denies that afridi has won games single handedly for Pakistan with the ball over the last few years. his captaincy and agression during the t-20 which we lifted was the main reason we won that trophy, that and his ability to bring the lads together on the pitch.

    Oh and lastly mate, for a team with so little talent when compared to the "mighty" india, its a wonder the head to head stats for Pak and India playing against each other are what they are. With all your lucky this and lucky that, Pak still has more wins over India overall in both the test and one day format. talking in terms of history, what that really means is this: more wins = historically superior = HISTORICALLY BETTER OVERALL.

    Talk big when you boys catch up mate. As of now, the numbers say it all.

    Cheers.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 23:28 GMT

    Agree with Razzaq that a limited number of Youths should be given a chance;

    Disagree with the matter that should not play them against weak opposition; I say play them against weak opposition first to get them used to the internationals and then persist with them for three four series against strong oppositions

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    @khiladisher thanks for that inzi was a class batsman who batted at 5 harder to have a high average batting down there but you would know that... lucky for him he had good bowlers around him so prob didnt even have to score too many ave all in the low 20's... yousaf? younis no? didnt think so .... do you just go on pakistani articles to make yourself feel better next time try writing something positive or even remotely about the article. thanks

  • POSTED BY khiladisher on | December 13, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    @-ABRAR JANUJA- JAVED MIANDAD WAS THE LAST WORLD CLASS BATSMAN THAT PAKISTAN HAS PRODUCED- SAEED ANWAR AND INZAMAM AT BEST WERE GOOD BATSMEN IN ASIAN PITCHES{ESPECIALLY PAKISTAN AND SHARJAH}-ANWAR TEST AVG AGAINST SOUTH AFRICA WAS-24-VS WEST INDIES-19 AND ENGLAND-38/EVEN HISONE DAY RECORD AGAINST SOUTH AFRICA IS A POOR AVG OF 18-AND HIS AVG AGAINST AUSTRALIA IS ONLY 22{SURELY NOT A WORLD CLASS PERFORMANCE}COMING TO INZAMAM HIS AVG AGAINST AUSTRALIA IS 31 PLAYING 14 TESTS/AND AGAINST SOUTH AFRICA ITS 32/HIS ONE DAY PERFORMANCE IN BOUNCY AND SWINGING CONDITIONS ARE ALSO POOR AVG 24 VS THE KIWIS IN NZ,26 VS AUSTRALIA AND 27 VS SOUTH AFRICA/THIS SHOWS THAT JAVED MIANDAD IS THE GREATEST BATSMAN PAKISTAN HAS EVER PRODUCED SCORING 8832 RUNS AT AVG OF 53.

  • POSTED BY Shah-Ji on | December 13, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    PAK is winning and depending on spin, Pace is their traditional strength ,and they will have to have the extraordinary pacers in near future. Ws is history, Akhtar is retired, Amir Asif gone ,Bring back Sami the fastest bowler , who had destroyed oppositions in New Zealand and Australia. His last test was Sydney ,when He almost single handed won that match.

    Now just a thought.... PCB should organize a pace bowling competition show on TV ,looking purely pace accuracy and use of seam and seam , a competition just like American idols. The will get a sponsor very easily Judges like Sarfraz, Waseem Waqar Sikandar can conduct this show,

  • POSTED BY ABRAR-JANJUA on | December 13, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq is absolutely spot on. You cant judge a player against Weak teams and you cant guess the talent until a player perform against strong Bowling side and specially in pressure situation. Till to date we are unable to find a player of Saeed Anwer or Inzamam-Ul-Haq caliber.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq is very experienced batsman.He is a very hard hitter batsman.He should play for atleast 15 years.I hope he would be able to make 200 runs individually and break indians record

  • POSTED BY adnan_rifat84 on | December 13, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    @drlimpel & Idress Kahn razzak is such a wonderful player but he is never used perfectly in matches. He often perform at number 6,7 or 8 where he doesn't have much time to show his performance.weather he has to hit or get out.his average is very good at one down position but he is totally wasted by captains and PCB.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    i agree with ABDUL RAZZAQ

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    Legend he is- but he is not fit to play longer version

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | December 13, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    I completely agree with him!

    The selectors keep picking players based on relationships and players who know someone in the pcb hierarchy.

    For example, how did salahudin get ahead of Alam and especially Naved Yasin?

    Why hasn't Sadaf been selected yet? Why isn't Nasir jamshed given a chance?

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    Razzaq himself never fulfilled his true potential; certainly not in the Test arena..

  • POSTED BY drlimpel on | December 13, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    Is it just me or is Razzaq always trying to make a case for his selection in the team in front of a rookie? Very few up and coming players are international quality when they are introduced. It is only after being given an extended run and going through the rigors of the international scene that the truly talented ones start to shine. The best example is Imran Khan who only came into his groove after four years on the scene!! And there are countless others like Saeed Anwar and Wasim Akram.... even recent ones like Mohammad Asif and Aamer. So please Razzaq we already know how badly you want to play every single match, just don't try to find new ways to say the same old thing.

  • POSTED BY 30-30-150 on | December 12, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    Razzaq has the potential to be a regular member of the Pak T20 side but for some reason the selectors have not given him a chance in the shortest format of the game in the last few months. I would love to see him play cricket for Pakistan for atleast 2-3 more years.

  • POSTED BY Major_Hammad on | December 12, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    Best of Luck Razzaq, hope you will play more match winning matches for Pakistan. Razzaq in Melbourne Renegades squad, not in Melbourne Stars, Plz correct the 1st line of last paragraph.

  • POSTED BY AnotherCricketer on | December 12, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    As I said earlier, Misbah has an opportunity to up the ante and tie the actual performance of the individual players in the last three series to the pre-selection performance that was used for the national team selection process. What went wrong should be acknowledged and then those wrongs should be rectified. If he crosses this barrier, he will stand a chance to draw a parallel with the legend Imran Khan and go down in the history books as The Transformer. The battle is now his to loose, or win. I hope he makes the right choice.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    totally agreed that, those person should represent Pakistan; who have some extra credibility then other players. So, to keep the moral of team and country higher.

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  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    totally agreed that, those person should represent Pakistan; who have some extra credibility then other players. So, to keep the moral of team and country higher.

  • POSTED BY AnotherCricketer on | December 12, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    As I said earlier, Misbah has an opportunity to up the ante and tie the actual performance of the individual players in the last three series to the pre-selection performance that was used for the national team selection process. What went wrong should be acknowledged and then those wrongs should be rectified. If he crosses this barrier, he will stand a chance to draw a parallel with the legend Imran Khan and go down in the history books as The Transformer. The battle is now his to loose, or win. I hope he makes the right choice.

  • POSTED BY Major_Hammad on | December 12, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    Best of Luck Razzaq, hope you will play more match winning matches for Pakistan. Razzaq in Melbourne Renegades squad, not in Melbourne Stars, Plz correct the 1st line of last paragraph.

  • POSTED BY 30-30-150 on | December 12, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    Razzaq has the potential to be a regular member of the Pak T20 side but for some reason the selectors have not given him a chance in the shortest format of the game in the last few months. I would love to see him play cricket for Pakistan for atleast 2-3 more years.

  • POSTED BY drlimpel on | December 13, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    Is it just me or is Razzaq always trying to make a case for his selection in the team in front of a rookie? Very few up and coming players are international quality when they are introduced. It is only after being given an extended run and going through the rigors of the international scene that the truly talented ones start to shine. The best example is Imran Khan who only came into his groove after four years on the scene!! And there are countless others like Saeed Anwar and Wasim Akram.... even recent ones like Mohammad Asif and Aamer. So please Razzaq we already know how badly you want to play every single match, just don't try to find new ways to say the same old thing.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    Razzaq himself never fulfilled his true potential; certainly not in the Test arena..

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | December 13, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    I completely agree with him!

    The selectors keep picking players based on relationships and players who know someone in the pcb hierarchy.

    For example, how did salahudin get ahead of Alam and especially Naved Yasin?

    Why hasn't Sadaf been selected yet? Why isn't Nasir jamshed given a chance?

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    Legend he is- but he is not fit to play longer version

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    i agree with ABDUL RAZZAQ

  • POSTED BY adnan_rifat84 on | December 13, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    @drlimpel & Idress Kahn razzak is such a wonderful player but he is never used perfectly in matches. He often perform at number 6,7 or 8 where he doesn't have much time to show his performance.weather he has to hit or get out.his average is very good at one down position but he is totally wasted by captains and PCB.