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Razzaq fined over Hafeez outburst

Umar Farooq

October 19, 2012

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Abdul Razzaq goes for a pull-shot, Australia v Pakistan, Super Eights, World Twenty20 2012, Colombo, October 2, 2012
Abdul Razzaq was selected for only one game during the World T20 © AFP
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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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Posted by   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.

Posted by Moon555 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.

Posted by   on (October 20, 2012, 15:18 GMT)

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

Posted by andrew27994 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.

Posted by   on (October 20, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

Abdul Razaq we only laugh at you....

Posted by bumsonseats 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.

Posted by Playfair 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!!

Posted by   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

Posted by   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

Posted by Moon555 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

Posted by worthydost786 on (October 20, 2012, 6:02 GMT)

razzaq and azhar mehmood were always there and still there for pakistan but the problem is, bosses luv imran farhat shoaib malik taufeeq umar sohail tanveer (who somtimes do good) where is fawad alam ahmed shehzad shahzaib hassan if razzaq was in semi final the story would have been different

Posted by Moon555 on (October 20, 2012, 5:42 GMT)

Abdul Razzak no doubt had done pakistan but he should know " He is not more than Pakistan" when you are not doing well why still you can get a chance. in our team we dont need all averages together. when ever he is going for batting every one knows he cannot play spin. be fair while writing something. captain should be respected if you are a sports man. Management Or Hafeez's decision was very right because we needed a specialist bowler and he is not now a days. captain ship is not much easy job. Even if Pakistan can recall for T20 Azhar Mehmood Instead of Razzak. come on pakistani players you should know how to say Bye Bye instead of being stick with the team even not benefit for the team.

Posted by davidatlas999 on (October 20, 2012, 4:21 GMT)

To be fair razaq bowling is not up to the school boys and on top of that he cant play spin.we have afredi who is not performing how we manage this man too in the squad.hafeez got it right he is no more up to the international level.and pak is the only country where u can say any thing about your captain.hope we get some good brain.

Posted by   on (October 20, 2012, 3:52 GMT)

why are every one blaming hafeez . he has a good t20 record .and every day is not a sunday that pakistan should have won the world cup

Posted by bismoy on (October 20, 2012, 0:56 GMT)

How Hafeez is captain??? He is very very avg batman..

even bangladesh side has better batman than Hafeez

Posted by   on (October 20, 2012, 0:03 GMT)

This is Sub-continent, The one choosed as captain is the king regardless of his wrong decisions.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 23:47 GMT)

Nothing NEW in this new ERA of player of the cricket game . What's new , and who's next . The 'ole saying that "Cricket is a gentleman's game" has gone out the window . Next in line will be FIGHTS on the field of play .

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (October 19, 2012, 22:10 GMT)

Why couldnt they sort out this matter behind doors.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

@newnomi, not his age his playing experience he reffered Razzak started playing cricket for PAK at the age of 17 or 18 i think,But he never get respect from the captains.Razzak & Aszhar Mahmood was a super combination those days for PAK but not utilised well-a fan from India

Posted by EngineerKhan on (October 19, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

Such a shame that adding insult to injury, Razzaq is fined. He was spot-on. If it wasn't Hafeez then who. Razzaq played in 3 T20Is against Australia in Dubai and he wasnt given a bowl until the last over of 2nd game and how well did he bowl in such a pressure when game was over for Pakistan and batted well in super over too but still he wasnt given confidence and trusted in next matches. Abdul Razzaq is spot on. Clearly its Hafeez who didnt want him to play as even if he played in that series, he was given no role

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

Razzaq is our legend and we hope he will join team very soon

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

well what exactly does that mean that its unfair.... what if Bhaji goes in media after South Africa game and have said that if i was playing, i could have done this or that. come on. captain is the person alongside coach to decide who should play and who should not.... i can't remember any single game when Razzaq played spin with any sort of technique so hafeez was right. we lost the toss, lanka batted to a decent score on that pitch and they bowled well. get over that when Razzaq has also accepted his part of the saga.....

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (October 19, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

Is this how PCB makes money now-a-days. Why in countries like ours (IND, PAK, BNG, SL) stating the obvious or telling the truth is wrong. Only PAK cricket fans can decide wheether Razzak was correct in criticising Hafeez or not. PAK has so much talent and can win against anyone on any day if they can keep politics out of cricket. Unfortunately in subcontinent (including India) I don't see that hapenning.

Posted by Crick_Expert on (October 19, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

This is not a right decision by PCB as Razzak said nothing wrong. It truth that kaka Hafeez fears off, as Razzak was strong candidate for T20 Capt. It strange and shame that PCB fined senior player for saying truth. It truth that if Razzak included into semi-final team then Pakistan had 100% chance to win that match against SL. PCB should backup Razzak & Afridi fighting pair in future. PCB should kickoff junk players (etc..Shoail Tanvir, Yasir Arfat, M, Hafeez, M. Sami, Umar Gul, Shoaib Mailk) from team before they lose next series or Worldcup. Why not PCB took action against Hafeez when he not willing to listen Dav Watmore, Hafeez should understand he or some one else can't be rule like king Imran Khan.

Posted by vamshi59 on (October 19, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

Poor guy. He was the best player for Pakistan in 2003 world cup.

Posted by newnomi on (October 19, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

""He is not only senior in age but also in experience." Cricinfo's player profiles say Hafeez's age is 32yrs and 2 days, and Abdul Razzaq's is 32 yrs and 322 days. So not so senior in age, is he? Or perhaps Hafeez is referring to Abul Razzaq's real age, which must mean add another 4-5 yrs. The truth slipped out, quite inadvertently.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

I fail to understand this so everyone please help me.

Hafeez, Razzaq, and Afridi are all 32 years of age. This is after Afridi's age was adjust by 1 year after his wrist scan. How come Razzaq and Afridi are considered old and should retire, whereas Hafeez is considered to be young and upcoming?

On top of that Sarfaraz Nawaz claims he is in touch with Hafeez's classmates and per the education record Hafeez should actually be 37.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 14:19 GMT)

all sympathy with abdul razzaq because he have a great attitude in international arena

Posted by Anwar-Lara on (October 19, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

ok..Hafeez.. but tell us the reason/rational behind dropping Razzak from that game..

Posted by just_chill_chill on (October 19, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

Wonder when these guys will stop making a joke of Pakistan cricket. PCB should take strict action so that the players do not keep embarrassing the country in front of the whole world all the time.

Posted by ultrasnow on (October 19, 2012, 14:11 GMT)

Indian fan here. I don't understand Pakistani fans supporting Razzaq on the issue. Here the central issue is a player challenging the post of the captain and management. That's a strict no-no. How many players around the world you see openly criticising their captain? Hafeez seems like a good man to have as a leader of an unpredictable bunch. It's early days let him mature, till then he needs all the backing.

Posted by ProdigyA on (October 19, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

If you analyze the final XI, anybody could easily tell that Razzaq must have been in the team. With so many full-time and part-time spinning options there was absolutely no need of either Afridi or Malik in the team. Razzak not only gave you the option of playing pace, which would have been a different from spin but also his explosive batting. Clearly Afridi's form with the bat was bad and playing him as a specialist bowler made no sense at all. God only knows what Malik is doing in the team. Feel for you Razzaq but Hafeez is the one to blame.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

I think a bunch of the people here have got it wrong. I don't disagree with any of what Razzaq said - but it's not professional one bit to come out to the media and talk about your captain. You can go talk to your board or other decision makers. A lot of decisions on the playing field have been wrong or have perceived to be wrong. If everyone starts to voice their opinion about what what they think of the decision, it would be a complete mess. Maintain Decorum!

Posted by Israr75 on (October 19, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

Although he has been fined, I still have sympathy for Razzaq and if Hafeez said it was management decision then he should have stuck up for Razzaq and insisted he play. Afridi coz of his media hype got chance after a chance and performed poorly...Razzaq is a senior player and this was his last shot...He should have got the chance play....

Pakistan has to major problems 1) they linger the senior players on for too long 2) they exit them with such a poor fairwell.

Posted by masoodali150 on (October 19, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

Razzak One Lac has no mean, what ever you said, that was right. Do not take it on mind and continue your cricket. You are one of the great assets of Pakistan and great all rounder as well.

Posted by mohammedafif36 on (October 19, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

its actually the captains fault 11

Posted by CricketMaan on (October 19, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

Razzaq fined for outburst and Afridi retiring seems to be an endless saga within PCB.

Posted by Masters1001 on (October 19, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

its good that all end Well....

Posted by sharidas on (October 19, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

All is well that ends well !

Posted by RaadQ on (October 19, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

While Razzaq's actions were inappropriate, he was correct, Hafeez, Whatmore and the selectors made grave selection errors which potentially cost them the game against Sri Lanka, including the selection of Nazir, Afridi and ESPECIALLY MALIK, who has failed in every T20 match since his comeback.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

So I guess the biggest chunk of income for PCB comes from fining the players - way to go!

Posted by Sharif_Islam on (October 19, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

Hafeez is a critic captain. A team needs inspiring captain the most. This guy better fits as a pitch reporter, not as a captain of a game. I totally agree with Razzak. Pakistan could not use his likely contribution. Many Pakistan captains exercised ill power at past resulting in team's loss, for example wasim akram did not take waqar, waqar yunis in matches in 1999 world cup. Poor guys, hope you will want to captain for ur team, not merely for urself.

Posted by Z.Saleem on (October 19, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

that is so unfair! That is the reason why Pakistan cricket is not doing well for the last decade or so.......PCB this is really a bad decision!

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

Razzak's complain in justified and represents the very emotions of Pakistan cricket fans.

Posted by Noball_Specialist on (October 19, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

Even if it was. That is the captain's prerogative and Hafeez is entitled to pick his team for any game. Abdul Razzaq should consider playing abroad in as many tournaments as he can - rather than sitting on his hands pointing fingers of blame for non selection. He should get in match practice and earn his money from his game. Be proactive - because one thing is for sure PCB will only suck your playing years out of you with not much thanks.

Posted by Ali.Bukhari on (October 19, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

PCB has done its job partially well in this matter as this punishment will not help in developing a good environment in Pakistan dressing room. As long as The Captain does not get similar treatment for misusing his powers, such matters will come time and again. The PCB needs to address this issue more seriously rather than just punishing one person.

Posted by Hassan_U on (October 19, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

Hafeez shouldn't be in the playing 11 let alone be the captain of the test. His poor strike rate is clear example of it. He should only play tests !!! Abdul Razzak is far the best hitter of the ball and is miles ahead of his teams mates.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

This was the media who fooled him again and again by taking the name of Hafeez..

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

razzaq is old now. should retire. same goes for afridi and others

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

Abdul Razzaq has history of talking to press after trips, he is fantastic player but this is never on. Even if it was Hafeez decision to not play him, so what, he was captain he can do what ever he thinks is best for team. I want Abdul Razzaq to playe more but as a team member.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

razzaq is an old story...... accept it mate, the days are over long back.....

Posted by Kamran_Pakistan on (October 19, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

That's PCB and Pakistan cricket for you, those who deserve more and say the right thing get fined. You cannot disagree that Abdul Razzaq deserved to play in the Pakistan team but Hafeez's stubborn attitude to keep Afridi in cost Abdul Razzaq his place. Needless to mention, Hafeez just backed Afridi because without him he wouldn't have been able to garner some strong political support in the team, thanks to the likes of Akmals and Maliks.

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