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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  • dummy4fb 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

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • android_user 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.

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