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Youngsters must be carefully chosen - Razzaq

Umar Farooq

December 12, 2011

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Abdul Razzaq celebrates removing Michael Clarke, Australia v Pakistan, Group A, World Cup 2011, Colombo, March 19, 2011
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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.

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