Pakistan news October 19, 2012

Razzaq fined over Hafeez outburst


Abdul Razzaq, the Pakistan allrounder, has been fined one lakh rupees (approx $1050) for his criticism of the team's captain Mohammad Hafeez after the World Twenty20. The PCB had issued Razzaq a showcause notice last week asking him to explain his comments about Hafeez. Razzaq apologised for his remarks but was still fined by the PCB.

Razzaq and Hafeez appeared before the PCB chairman to clarify after which Razzaq accepted his mistake He said he had no issues with the captain and what he said was in the heat of the moment. "I accept my mistake for breaching the code of conduct," Razzaq told reporters after the meeting.

"I never had any problems with Hafeez and I accept that my outburst against him was unfair. I have already apologised for it," Razzaq added.

On his return from Sri Lanka, Razzaq had criticised Hafeez for selecting him in only one game of the World T20. "It was Hafeez's decision not to pick me for the semi-final, not anyone else's," Razzaq had told reporters in Lahore. "I know the team management didn't drop me, it was Hafeez alone who didn't want me to play."

Hafeez insisted that axing Razzaq from the final XI was a decision taken by the team management. "He [Razzaq] is our asset and has been serving Pakistan for long," Hafeez said. "I don't want to say much about what he said about me, but I insist that the decision not to play him was taken by the team management."

"He is not only senior in age but also in experience. Whatever happened is in the past now. Cricket must go on. I wish the best for Razzaq and Pakistan team."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on October 21, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    He was a useful player and has served Pakistan as many others, but he is not above the game. He hasn't done well in the recent past and over the years have also lost the bite in his bowling and well we all know how lazy a fielder he has been throughout his career. only thing team can expect from him is batting and he plays too many dot balls which doesnt suit T20. Pakistan should look for younger all rounders now.

  • Muhammad on October 20, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    @andrew yes you right . in that specific match (Semi Final). They should have to drop afridi but sohail tanveer's inclusion was very right. you cannot servive with alll average bowlers. Two specialist fast bowler should be in the side. Pakistan's spin attack know we have many options. Sami disappoint us so Looking for Mohammad Aamir....................Come On ICC..........Come On....Two years are enough punishment as he is a yougster. For seniors (Salman & Asif) i dont have sympathies for them. even they are also good players. I bet if we Asif & Aamir we can chalange any team how stronge batting they have we can beat But Asif you disappoint us alot. you was my favroute. Salman but a very good opening batsman but same feeling for you as well as i have for Asif. due to you we lost Mohamamd Aamir for a couple of years but Inshallah he will be back soon. Pls Mohammad Aamir this should be last time don t disoppoint us again. Ok.

  • Dummy4 on October 20, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    its simply waste of talent by keeping razzaq in suad and not letting him play

  • Andrew on October 20, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    While I do agree that Razzaq's actions were inappropriate, I too felt that Razzaq should have been preferred over Afridi because he is a much better batsman than Afridi and there was no need for Pakistan to play an extra spinner because they played 3 spinners like Ajmal, Raza & Hafeez and a part timer like Shoaib Malik. And if the ball was seaming a bit, Razzaq would have been useful. I always felt that he was an underused player.

    Like Pakistan, even other teams have this problem of under-utilising players like Samit Patel for England, JP Duminy for South Africa, David Hussey for Australia, Jeevan Mendis for Sri Lanka ,etc.

  • Dummy4 on October 20, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Abdul Razaq we only laugh at you....

  • david on October 20, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    me thinks the Pakistani selection panel never seem to get any of their team selections right i cannot understand why razzaq or azhar mahmood never seem to be in their thinking for T20. both should be in any T20 team put out by pakistan. razzaq is in is out never seems to hold his position in the starting 11. every time i see azhar whichever team he plays for he stamps his name on. they pick a wicket keeper who is a laughing stock behind the stumps and gets dropped after a clanger and its forgotten about, when hes then selected further down the line. if they could get what i consider their best team they would be there or there abouts in every form of cricket.

  • Aneep on October 20, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Razzak is the most unfairly treated Pakistani player. In mu opinion he has always performed well for his country be it bowling or batting and more so he has the experience. In the same breath Afridi has been a disappointment both in form and performance, he's not being dropped!!

  • Dummy4 on October 20, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    They give A.razaq1 out of 10 match from last 5 years and keep him with team and when they like they drop him and they put in the team super man like yasir arfat who cant 1 over bowl without a boundary even in test i bet that

  • Dummy4 on October 20, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    razzaq is right i like but not hafeez bcas hafeez lying why he not take in semi final

  • Muhammad on October 20, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    dear worthydost786 you want fawad alam in T20 but sorry to say he is not a T20 OR ODI player. Just he can play Test which quite fair. Else other options are Good. Sohail Tanveer is good option but i wish to See Mohammad Aamir because we are still looking for him or his replacement. ICC come on do something for this young lad. Make a decision whether he can play Or Not but please don t play with his (Mohammed Aamer) fans. Love to see you again Mohammed Aamir

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