Pakistan news November 21, 2013

Malik, Razzak deny talk of discipline issues

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Shoaib Malik and Abdul Razzaq have insisted their return from Pakistan's ongoing tour of South Africa was for fitness reasons and not because of a disciplinary issue. They were declared unfit on November 19 and were sent back home on the next available flight.

There had been talk of a breach of the code of conduct but Malik denied such reports. "Unfortunately we are not winning, and these kind of things only start to emerge when a team is losing. There is no rift at all; everyone is in good spirits. In my case, I got injured in Dubai and was not able to recover in time as expected."

Malik had been struck on the finger by a rising delivery from Wayne Parnell in the second T20 international in Dubai. He retired hurt but returned to be dismissed for 15. "It needs three to four days to undo my stiches and thereafter I will chalk out my plan for a comeback," said Malik, who had been dismissed for 12 in the first T20. "How can a player express himself in only two matches, and regardless of excessive bleeding I still managed to return to the crease only for the sake of the country. I know what I need to do, I need consistency."

Malik was part of the squad for the solitary T20 on the tour of South Africa and played the Champions Trophy in England, but he was dropped for the tours of West Indies and Zimbabwe this year. He was recalled for the T20s in the UAE against South Africa, where he failed to impress.

Razzaq had pulled his hamstring in South Africa. He had been out of favour with the Pakistan set-up since the 2012 World Twenty20, following his outburst against the captain Mohammad Hafeez for which he was fined Rs 100,000 and sidelined from the squad. He also fared poorly in the T20s against South Africa in the UAE, taking 0 for 14 and making 10 and 0.

"There is no cause other than fitness," Razzaq said after his return to Pakistan. "I am required to rest for ten days and this is why I was sent back. There is no issue and I was enjoying the best atmosphere around me."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • on November 22, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Abdur Razzaq is One of Match Wining Player in Pkaistan His silence showing That He has Courage and potential of Playing All Format of Cricket. He Should Be the Captain For T20 and ODI.. Its True That He is silent Player But it Not Means that he can not Fullfill the Requirments for Captainincy,,, I got Silence in True Manner and Love it... Thanks

  • on November 22, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    We dont have backups - only sami aslam - no-one else

  • mohddar on November 22, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Mr. Coach- Well let us be clear about one thing-Pakistan batting needs stability -what that means is watchfully playing first 15 overs (for ODI's) and 6 Overs for T20. If you score 60 odd runs in 15 overs in ODI's and 30 odd runs in 6 overs in T20 without losing wicket or say one wicket at the most , you would still end up scoring more than 250 in ODI and 140-150 in T20. This is winning score for any pakistan bowling. For this to happen in pakistan you got some test batsman to begin with say Khuram Manzoor or Azhar Ali, Taufeeq Umar who can save the wickets and then a Pinch hitter ( hit or miss) of the quality of Waseem Akram/Afridi/Razzaq/Hafeez/umar akmal to come at No3 to improve the run rate- Mr Coach please think about it if you are still looking for options and have not given up hopelessly yet.

  • mohddar on November 22, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    Mr. Coach- Well let us be clear about one thing-Pakistan batting needs stability -what that means is watchfully playing first 15 overs (for ODI's) and 6 Overs for T20. If you score 60 odd runs in 15 overs in ODI's and 30 odd runs in 6 overs in T20 without losing wicket or say one wicket at the most , you would still end up scoring more than 250 in ODI and 140-150 in T20. This is winning score for any pakistan bowling. For this to happen in pakistan you got some test batsman to begin with say Khuram Manzoor or Azhar Ali, Taufeeq Umar who can save the wickets and then a Pinch hitter ( hit or miss) of the quality of Waseem Akram/Afridi/Razzaq/Hafeez/umar akmal to come at No3 to improve the run rate- Mr Coach please think about it if you are still looking for options and have not given up hopelessly yet.

  • on November 22, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    These senior citizens should announce their retirement rather than being a constant burden on the team. Shoulder injury, groin injury, ankle injury, finger injury etc.....All senior citizen problems !!!!! I hope Hafeez (the politician) would also follow.

  • ABKhanISB on November 22, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Everyone Pakistani is a team selector and loves to post their XI in comments. BTW kick out Malik out of the team for good. He was never a good player and would always be a burden on team. We are already having the burden of Hafiz on team

  • Pak_Guru on November 22, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Hope the disciplinary issue is not the real truth..... Pak will win today. Ajmal will play in place of Amin or Anwar. Enjoy the game>>>>

  • fayyaz03 on November 22, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    If they are sent back because of disciplinary issue, then they should never return. They are old guys not teenagers who do these errors. And if they are sent back because of being unfit, then again they should never return because they both were making comeback. Mr Razzak could not last after two short matches. And Mr Malik was also injured because of his nonsense technique against quality fast bowling. Hammad Azam and Harris Sohail can easily replace them.

  • Crick_Expert on November 21, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    Sami Aslam, Sarjeel khan should be in PAK team. Bilawal Bhatti, Anwar Ali, Sohail Tanvir couldn't impress in bowling. Where is Raza Hasan, he did god job in last series against AUS.

  • Crick_Expert on November 21, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    little boom RAZZAK and Malik are great players, they should be back in SL series.

  • on November 22, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Abdur Razzaq is One of Match Wining Player in Pkaistan His silence showing That He has Courage and potential of Playing All Format of Cricket. He Should Be the Captain For T20 and ODI.. Its True That He is silent Player But it Not Means that he can not Fullfill the Requirments for Captainincy,,, I got Silence in True Manner and Love it... Thanks

  • on November 22, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    We dont have backups - only sami aslam - no-one else

  • mohddar on November 22, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Mr. Coach- Well let us be clear about one thing-Pakistan batting needs stability -what that means is watchfully playing first 15 overs (for ODI's) and 6 Overs for T20. If you score 60 odd runs in 15 overs in ODI's and 30 odd runs in 6 overs in T20 without losing wicket or say one wicket at the most , you would still end up scoring more than 250 in ODI and 140-150 in T20. This is winning score for any pakistan bowling. For this to happen in pakistan you got some test batsman to begin with say Khuram Manzoor or Azhar Ali, Taufeeq Umar who can save the wickets and then a Pinch hitter ( hit or miss) of the quality of Waseem Akram/Afridi/Razzaq/Hafeez/umar akmal to come at No3 to improve the run rate- Mr Coach please think about it if you are still looking for options and have not given up hopelessly yet.

  • mohddar on November 22, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    Mr. Coach- Well let us be clear about one thing-Pakistan batting needs stability -what that means is watchfully playing first 15 overs (for ODI's) and 6 Overs for T20. If you score 60 odd runs in 15 overs in ODI's and 30 odd runs in 6 overs in T20 without losing wicket or say one wicket at the most , you would still end up scoring more than 250 in ODI and 140-150 in T20. This is winning score for any pakistan bowling. For this to happen in pakistan you got some test batsman to begin with say Khuram Manzoor or Azhar Ali, Taufeeq Umar who can save the wickets and then a Pinch hitter ( hit or miss) of the quality of Waseem Akram/Afridi/Razzaq/Hafeez/umar akmal to come at No3 to improve the run rate- Mr Coach please think about it if you are still looking for options and have not given up hopelessly yet.

  • on November 22, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    These senior citizens should announce their retirement rather than being a constant burden on the team. Shoulder injury, groin injury, ankle injury, finger injury etc.....All senior citizen problems !!!!! I hope Hafeez (the politician) would also follow.

  • ABKhanISB on November 22, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Everyone Pakistani is a team selector and loves to post their XI in comments. BTW kick out Malik out of the team for good. He was never a good player and would always be a burden on team. We are already having the burden of Hafiz on team

  • Pak_Guru on November 22, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Hope the disciplinary issue is not the real truth..... Pak will win today. Ajmal will play in place of Amin or Anwar. Enjoy the game>>>>

  • fayyaz03 on November 22, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    If they are sent back because of disciplinary issue, then they should never return. They are old guys not teenagers who do these errors. And if they are sent back because of being unfit, then again they should never return because they both were making comeback. Mr Razzak could not last after two short matches. And Mr Malik was also injured because of his nonsense technique against quality fast bowling. Hammad Azam and Harris Sohail can easily replace them.

  • Crick_Expert on November 21, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    Sami Aslam, Sarjeel khan should be in PAK team. Bilawal Bhatti, Anwar Ali, Sohail Tanvir couldn't impress in bowling. Where is Raza Hasan, he did god job in last series against AUS.

  • Crick_Expert on November 21, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    little boom RAZZAK and Malik are great players, they should be back in SL series.

  • on November 21, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    Gems of wisdom posted here by many i.e make your top 5 domestic teams taking into consideration the players with best batting and bowling averages and select them and so play a tournament including your international team in there too. This will make good analysis for future stars of pakistan team selection insha allah. You best performers will shine and as selector you should not keep your eyes close and select them accordingly in your international team insha allah . Currently you have only 3 batsman for One-day series against SA , Misbah-ul-haq , Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal,thus this is not going to win you the series. Players like Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam , Khurram Maznoor, Khalid latif should be in squad insha allah.

  • TMuhammad on November 21, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    Whatever the results of the current series come out, for the coming world cup and future series I propose a domestic series of 5 matches each for one day and T20 under neutral umpires between current Pakistani Team and a proposed Pakistan white under coaching of Waqar and Mohsin giving chance to following: 1) Sharjeel Khan, 2) Shahzeb Hassan, 3) Azhar Ali, 4) Younus Khan* 5) Fawad Alam 6) Akber ur Rehman 7) Imad Waseem 8) Sarfraz Ahmed wkt 9) Raza Hasan 10) Umar Gul, 11) Rahat Ali 12) Khurram Manzoor 13) Sadaf Hussain 14) Ehsan Adil 15) Haris Sohail 16) Sami Aslam 17) Taufeeq Umar 18) Yasir Arafat 19) Rehan Afridi, 20) Usman Arshad 21) Abid Ali 22) Imran Ali.

  • roook on November 21, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    In Our ODI team we donot need more all rounders though I support medium pace allrounder it gives captain more options and will be helpful in 2015 WC . Our problems is that we lack the ability to make singles and rotate strike. Dhoni is not great because he can hit fours and sixes but he can build innings and finisihes it his first fifty always take time but always finishis in high nodes.unfortunately we donot have any batsman of that calibers in our batting lineup.Muhammed Yousaf and Inzamam are legends and should be used as batting consultants mostly we have youngs batsman and I feel sorrow to see them throwing there wickets again and again.

  • Cric_fever_forever on November 21, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    i hope they stay away from team for good. inorder to include them in the playing 11 we lost the balance. and yesterdays match proved that they were just making team balance out. hope both start to play as freelance player for different franchices over the world coz they are done with international cricket

  • Israr75 on November 21, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    Get this youngster sami aslam if you guys thought Umer Akmal was a great prospect then you want to give this kid a chance.

  • abdullahiqbal on November 21, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    They should give chance to sharjeel khan and Sami aslam

  • on November 21, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    The facts are in the newspapers but never highlighted. It is a combination of injuries & discipline. Razzaq has a shoulder problem and Malik an elbow problem. Their captain forces them to bowl and they refuse to. Afridi has a rib injury but he does not refuse to bowl cuz he know his batting is not clicking these days.

  • malsaq on November 21, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    Frankly, I would like Mishab to be given a chance in the T20 team as well, he is the only player who who is scoring consistently in ODIs and Tests. Recalling players like Razzak and Malik is a bad idea. Anyone remember Hammad Azam? Perhaps he does not have proper sifarish as he is being sidelined since long. Where in heavens is Umer Gul, where is he, does anyone, PCB included, know?

  • on November 21, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq is Great Player for all formats masha allah as for shoaib malik he's good for t20 format and hafeez is just good with bowling few times otherwise he's just an economical bowler with burden on team. Looking at his batting average he should bat next to tail-enders unfortunately people in pcb select with closed eyes. They needed to test batsman and they are testing new bolwers in SA series , pakistan lack with batting the most and they are worried about Bowling department. Amazing Situation

  • on November 21, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Jamshed should be dropped, his strokes show that he is out of form, he can't even middle the ball.

  • on November 21, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    If the selectors keep on selecting players who should now be taking their pension you are bound to have injuries and poor performance. It was fortunate that Malik and Razzaq got injured as it gave opportunity to couple of youngsters to be considered for the team otherwise they would have been sitting on the bench. We need to get rid of Hafeez and Afridi as well as they too are under performing. As long as we have players like Hafeez, Afridi, Malik, Razzaq and even Misbah the team will not progress as these players it seems are only playing to keep their place in the team and make money. They also lack intend, boldness and are too negative. That is the main reason Pakistan lost first T20I. If Pakistan seriously want to improve they need to persist with the following (ODI): 1. Jamshed, 2. Shehzad, 3. Azhar (C), 4. Akmal, 5. Sohaib, 6. Hammad / other, 7. Sarfraz(w/k), 8. Gul, 9. Ajmal, 10. Junain, 11. fast bowler / spinner. If Irfan is to be considered he needs to get his fitness right.

  • Cricketer110 on November 21, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    give the chance to sharjeel khan and sami aslam

  • ICCexpert.... on November 21, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Jamshed should be dropped and sent back to domestic cricket ad Sharjeel Khan shoudl be in the team, he is the best opener in Pakistan right now.

  • Stark62 on November 21, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    I hope these guys saw the performance yesterday because we looked like a TEAM and showed great fighting spirit after the initial onslaught, hence I believe these two were nothing but bad influence.

  • AmanullahHussaini on November 21, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    good luck pakista cricket team becuse malik is injured.no any effect on pakistani cricket team absent of malik.pakistan should serch a new talent not depend on langra ghoda.

  • rajaram1105 on November 21, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    Both Salim and Abdul are great talents. I hope the reasons the players stated are the right one and not discipline issues. I wish them well to recover soon and of service to their nation.

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  • rajaram1105 on November 21, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    Both Salim and Abdul are great talents. I hope the reasons the players stated are the right one and not discipline issues. I wish them well to recover soon and of service to their nation.

  • AmanullahHussaini on November 21, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    good luck pakista cricket team becuse malik is injured.no any effect on pakistani cricket team absent of malik.pakistan should serch a new talent not depend on langra ghoda.

  • Stark62 on November 21, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    I hope these guys saw the performance yesterday because we looked like a TEAM and showed great fighting spirit after the initial onslaught, hence I believe these two were nothing but bad influence.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 21, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Jamshed should be dropped and sent back to domestic cricket ad Sharjeel Khan shoudl be in the team, he is the best opener in Pakistan right now.

  • Cricketer110 on November 21, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    give the chance to sharjeel khan and sami aslam

  • on November 21, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    If the selectors keep on selecting players who should now be taking their pension you are bound to have injuries and poor performance. It was fortunate that Malik and Razzaq got injured as it gave opportunity to couple of youngsters to be considered for the team otherwise they would have been sitting on the bench. We need to get rid of Hafeez and Afridi as well as they too are under performing. As long as we have players like Hafeez, Afridi, Malik, Razzaq and even Misbah the team will not progress as these players it seems are only playing to keep their place in the team and make money. They also lack intend, boldness and are too negative. That is the main reason Pakistan lost first T20I. If Pakistan seriously want to improve they need to persist with the following (ODI): 1. Jamshed, 2. Shehzad, 3. Azhar (C), 4. Akmal, 5. Sohaib, 6. Hammad / other, 7. Sarfraz(w/k), 8. Gul, 9. Ajmal, 10. Junain, 11. fast bowler / spinner. If Irfan is to be considered he needs to get his fitness right.

  • on November 21, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Jamshed should be dropped, his strokes show that he is out of form, he can't even middle the ball.

  • on November 21, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq is Great Player for all formats masha allah as for shoaib malik he's good for t20 format and hafeez is just good with bowling few times otherwise he's just an economical bowler with burden on team. Looking at his batting average he should bat next to tail-enders unfortunately people in pcb select with closed eyes. They needed to test batsman and they are testing new bolwers in SA series , pakistan lack with batting the most and they are worried about Bowling department. Amazing Situation

  • malsaq on November 21, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    Frankly, I would like Mishab to be given a chance in the T20 team as well, he is the only player who who is scoring consistently in ODIs and Tests. Recalling players like Razzak and Malik is a bad idea. Anyone remember Hammad Azam? Perhaps he does not have proper sifarish as he is being sidelined since long. Where in heavens is Umer Gul, where is he, does anyone, PCB included, know?

  • on November 21, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    The facts are in the newspapers but never highlighted. It is a combination of injuries & discipline. Razzaq has a shoulder problem and Malik an elbow problem. Their captain forces them to bowl and they refuse to. Afridi has a rib injury but he does not refuse to bowl cuz he know his batting is not clicking these days.