England v Pakistan, 2nd Twenty20, Dubai February 20, 2010

Captains laud Razzaq onslaught

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Spectacular scoring feats aren't exactly a novelty in Twenty20 cricket, but both England's captain, Paul Collingwood, and his opposite number, Shoaib Malik, had to concede that Abdul Razzaq's ferocious late onslaught in the second Twenty20 in Dubai had taken the breath away. From an uncompromising position of 78 for 5 after 13 overs, Razzaq turned the contest on its head with a brilliant unbeaten 46 from 18 balls, including five sweetly struck sixes that left no room for equivocation.

"There's no shame in losing like that," said Collingwood. "We're disappointed because we've lost, but sometimes players play innings that deserve to win the game for their country. [Razzaq] put his heart into the innings and struck the ball cleanly from ball one, and sometimes there's not a lot you can do as a fielding unit to stop a guy like that."

Malik, for his part, used the word "awesome" on at least six separate occasions to sum up an innings that ended Pakistan's ignominious run of 10 defeats in a row, in all formats, that stretches back to their tour of New Zealand before Christmas. "We needed this performance before the T20 World Cup, because we were struggling before these two matches," he said. "The way our boys played was awesome to see, and his hitting was absolutely clean and marvellous. He's one of the best players in our team."

"When I went to the crease I was very confident," said Razzaq, who shared in a match-turning stand of 48 in four overs with Fawad Alam. "I was telling Fawad we should win this one. I was saying 'you can, you will' and we did. The team needed that, to hit the ball hard. Thankfully I hit, I think, five sixes because the team needed that to get victory."

England now head off to Bangladesh for three ODIs and two Tests, meaning that the Twenty20 format will be put on the back-burner until the squad reconvenes in the Caribbean for the World Twenty20. With consecutive shared series against South Africa in November and now Pakistan in February, Collingwood is confident that they are ready to put on a decent performance in April and May, starting with a tricky group that includes Ireland and West Indies.

"We've done some great stuff, and there's a lot of positives to take out of the game," he said. "Kevin Pietersen looked at his best again, which is crucial for England, and we've done some fantastic stuff in the last few games so the boys should be very proud. They've been working on their skills and we feel we are moving forward in this format of the game, but it just took that last five or six overs for one batsman to turn it around, and you take your hat off to him. It was pure hitting and it was very hard to bowl at him."

One man who bore the brunt of Razzaq's onslaught was England's debutant, Ajmal Shahzad, who had a night to remember, for all manner of reasons. His first over was the stuff of schoolboy dreams, as he rebounded from a first-ball boundary to scalp both of Pakistan's openers in the space of three balls, but the denouement was disappointing, as Razzaq smoked him into the stands for two match-sealing sixes.

"He's come in against the world's best Twenty side, and it's not easy when you're bowling against guys like that," said Collingwood. "But he's got the talent, he's certainly got the pace, and also the aggression to go with it. When you've got a combination like that you learn all the time, and he'll learn a hell of a lot from this experience tonight. I know he enjoyed it, which is a good thing. He certainly didn't shy away from it, and he's got all the attributes."

Joe Denly, on the other hand, is looking like a man in need of a break from the front line, after adding a torturous 5 from 10 balls to a Twenty20 tally that now reads 20 runs in five innings. With Somerset's hard-hitting Craig Kieswetter now competing for a place in the ODIs in Bangladesh, it's highly possible that England will have themselves another new opening combination in place by the time the World Twenty20 gets underway.

"I'm sure he's disappointed with his form," said Collingwood, when asked about Denly. "We've seen what he can do in county cricket, and his domestic record is very good. Batting at the top of the order is a confidence thing, and [he needs] one innings when he gets it away, to get the ball rolling. But Joe is a three-dimensional cricketer. He bowls useful legspin, and he's a great lad to have in the dressing room. Let's hope his form turns around."

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo

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  • ATIULLAH on February 23, 2010, 1:07 GMT

    one of the best t20 innings ever.... i suggest this line up for pak in t20 wc

    1.imran nazir 2.kamran akmal 3.umar akmal 4.shoib malik 5.misbah ul haq 6.fawad alam 7.shahid afridi 8.abdul razzak 9.mohd aamer/umar gul 10.mohd asif 11.saeed ajmal

  • zohaibwakeel on February 22, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    Salam and greetings to all, im a die hard pakistani cricket fan nd like all fans i want pakistan team to win all the matches.... when talking about squads what hurts me the most is like good cricketing brains nd experince players like abdul qadir and iqbal qasim choose players like Yasir Arafat & Rana Naved ul Hasan over ABDUL RAZZAQ well dis innnigs was just the best reply RAZZAQ cudve come up with.... Plus players like Shoaib Malik have been given numerouis chances the whole year and the last one aswell and excpet for the hundrerd against India he has not been able to prove his worth....plus i belive Pakistan bowling line up needs a fast spark which can only be provided by SHOAIB AKHTAR look what tait has done to aussie t20 team.... were loosing neways.... so why not try out SHOAIB AKHTAR.....atleast hes a true match winner

  • geminianrahul on February 22, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Atlast a win for the Pakis... They are such a talented side, but they are mixing a lot of politics in their cricket... Wish them all the best for the future....

  • msshohag on February 22, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    pakistan cricket team can be like this for t20. squad:1. imran nazir 2. Kamran akmal 3. shoaib malik 4. umar akmal 5. shaid afridi 6. abdul razzaq 7. fawad alam/ yasir arafat/ rana naveed ul hasan 8. umar gul 9. mahammad aamer 10. mahammad asif 11. saeed ajmal. if pafistan will make a team like this we hope pakistan will bring the next t20 world cup again.

  • ortee on February 22, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq is a gifted player for Pakistan.He is having leadership quality. Then it is for the pakistan to decide what to do with him - R.Sellva,Coimbatore.

  • abyrao on February 22, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    If there is so much talent as Razzak showed why are they losing so miserably? Its just bcoz of politics from PCB and hopeless and selfish people like Yousuf around. Some talented ex cricketer should take over the PCB chief position and Butt and Yousuf should be send to Antartica where they should play chairman and captain games with polar bears.

  • Zesh2412 on February 22, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    The first time i saw razzaq playing he is my favourite player from that time there were many other famous ppl like bt no one cn take place of razzaq razzaq rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The_GreatOne on February 22, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    I was previlleged to see the knock live. I mean those five sixes were huge and the passion which he showed after hitting the final six was wonderful. I agree its a slap on the faces of those selectors who thinks he is not good enough to be in the side.

  • hamayun877 on February 22, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    He is simply beauty of International cricket "ABDUL RAZZAQ"

  • on February 22, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq is a Match Winner. The team was looking for him in the Sydney Test as know one had a clue how to win the test they had already won. They ended up losing it. The selectors have had him out for a while. Actually no one can measure up the talent and depth the team has had. Razzaq 5 sixes at the death overs is like a something Misbah wanted to achieve in the first T20 final against India and faulted on the last six. This is fairy tale cricket and it happens with Pakistan Cricket Only. Cricketers good luck in the next T20 World Cup. I liked the six he hit on the slower ball ! This is where the team can make a difference.

  • ATIULLAH on February 23, 2010, 1:07 GMT

    one of the best t20 innings ever.... i suggest this line up for pak in t20 wc

    1.imran nazir 2.kamran akmal 3.umar akmal 4.shoib malik 5.misbah ul haq 6.fawad alam 7.shahid afridi 8.abdul razzak 9.mohd aamer/umar gul 10.mohd asif 11.saeed ajmal

  • zohaibwakeel on February 22, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    Salam and greetings to all, im a die hard pakistani cricket fan nd like all fans i want pakistan team to win all the matches.... when talking about squads what hurts me the most is like good cricketing brains nd experince players like abdul qadir and iqbal qasim choose players like Yasir Arafat & Rana Naved ul Hasan over ABDUL RAZZAQ well dis innnigs was just the best reply RAZZAQ cudve come up with.... Plus players like Shoaib Malik have been given numerouis chances the whole year and the last one aswell and excpet for the hundrerd against India he has not been able to prove his worth....plus i belive Pakistan bowling line up needs a fast spark which can only be provided by SHOAIB AKHTAR look what tait has done to aussie t20 team.... were loosing neways.... so why not try out SHOAIB AKHTAR.....atleast hes a true match winner

  • geminianrahul on February 22, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Atlast a win for the Pakis... They are such a talented side, but they are mixing a lot of politics in their cricket... Wish them all the best for the future....

  • msshohag on February 22, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    pakistan cricket team can be like this for t20. squad:1. imran nazir 2. Kamran akmal 3. shoaib malik 4. umar akmal 5. shaid afridi 6. abdul razzaq 7. fawad alam/ yasir arafat/ rana naveed ul hasan 8. umar gul 9. mahammad aamer 10. mahammad asif 11. saeed ajmal. if pafistan will make a team like this we hope pakistan will bring the next t20 world cup again.

  • ortee on February 22, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq is a gifted player for Pakistan.He is having leadership quality. Then it is for the pakistan to decide what to do with him - R.Sellva,Coimbatore.

  • abyrao on February 22, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    If there is so much talent as Razzak showed why are they losing so miserably? Its just bcoz of politics from PCB and hopeless and selfish people like Yousuf around. Some talented ex cricketer should take over the PCB chief position and Butt and Yousuf should be send to Antartica where they should play chairman and captain games with polar bears.

  • Zesh2412 on February 22, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    The first time i saw razzaq playing he is my favourite player from that time there were many other famous ppl like bt no one cn take place of razzaq razzaq rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The_GreatOne on February 22, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    I was previlleged to see the knock live. I mean those five sixes were huge and the passion which he showed after hitting the final six was wonderful. I agree its a slap on the faces of those selectors who thinks he is not good enough to be in the side.

  • hamayun877 on February 22, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    He is simply beauty of International cricket "ABDUL RAZZAQ"

  • on February 22, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq is a Match Winner. The team was looking for him in the Sydney Test as know one had a clue how to win the test they had already won. They ended up losing it. The selectors have had him out for a while. Actually no one can measure up the talent and depth the team has had. Razzaq 5 sixes at the death overs is like a something Misbah wanted to achieve in the first T20 final against India and faulted on the last six. This is fairy tale cricket and it happens with Pakistan Cricket Only. Cricketers good luck in the next T20 World Cup. I liked the six he hit on the slower ball ! This is where the team can make a difference.

  • on February 22, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    Abdul razzaq really best plyer in the world i'm a big fan adbul razzaq he have ability to fight and win the match for a team pcb have to think about this gentleman they really need this kind of great plyer in the pakistan team then we can fight with all country Razzaq is the Best,

  • AleemLatif on February 22, 2010, 0:55 GMT

    PCBs tactics for retaining Khalid Latif and Imran Farhat in the team, replacing Kamran Akmal with Sarfaraz Ahmed and making Abdul Razak out of the team during OZ tour - are absolutely insensible, ill-advised and outlandish. PCB should hire some young consultants (who have good cricketing sense), and their roles should only be to find the weaknesses in opposition batsmen as well as bowlers and should work together with the coach and rest of the team to device plans of actions before every match. They should also work together with Pakistan batsmen and bowlers to eradicate weaknesses in their techniques in consultation with the coach. And the coach should be young, energetic, friendly and expert with advanced technologies.

  • AleemLatif on February 22, 2010, 0:48 GMT

    Pakistan team for T20 World Cup should be: 1.Imran Nazir 2.Yasir Hameed 3.Kamran Akmal 4.Umar Akmal 5.Shoab Malik 6.Shahid Afridi (Captain) 7.Abdul Razaq (Vice Captain) 8.Mohammad Aamir 9.Shoab Akhtar/Sohail Tanweer 10.Mohammad Asif 11.Saeed Ajmal

  • pardesipakistani on February 21, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    That is how you play T20! Here's my suggestion for T20 World cup team:

    1.Imran Nazir/Salman Butt or may be both and leave out # 8 2.Kamran Akmal/wk 3.Shahid Afridi 4.Umar Akmal 5.Fawad Alam 6.Shoaib Malik 7.Abdul Razzak 8.Rana Naveed/Yasir Arafat 9.Umar Gul 10.Mohammad Asif 11.Mohammad Aamir

    I say we win another T20 World championship with this lineup. The only weakness in batting is # 11 Mohammad Asif but we shouldn't need him to score with this lineup. We know Aamir can bat.

    Why is Razzak not selected on a regular basis is a mystery. I believe its not the board but rather it was the captain who didn't want him in the team before he joined ICL.

    Hopefully it is a sign of stabilization in Pak cricket for years to come. We still need to find a good test and one day team though.

  • Bintfarouk on February 21, 2010, 21:49 GMT

    Good for Pakistan ... Looking forward to more victories just as this one. a job well done. keep it up.

  • on February 21, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    Razzaq smashed in England a few years ago, he's a great allrounder! loving the victory about time and all

  • poderdubdubdub on February 21, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    Its a BIG SLAP on the dirty politics of Pakistan cricket which tried its best to destroy the career of one of the most able and loyal servant of Pakistan cricket. Leaving Razzaq out of the first Twenty20 world cup was the most heinous crime a bunch of selectors could do. That broke Razzaq's heart who in utter devastation declared his retirement from the International Cricket. Can anyone fathom the damage done to Pakistan cricket caused by Abdul Razzaq's omission, in all formats of cricket? When Pakistan team was in trouble,they got him back in the middle of the last Twenty20 world cup, and the way the team's fortunes changed was there for all to see. And what the selectors do after that?they leave Abdul Razzaq out of the New Zealand and Australia tour, shame on PCB.

  • cric_lover143 on February 21, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    Great win.. it was a breath taking innings from Razzaq... Abdul Razzaq is a great asset for the Pakistani Cricket team. The selectors have done enough nonsense by not picking him in the side for long time. But now he made a stong statement. Similar the case of Naved ul hassan. Any body other than Pak Selectors know how good a player he is... it is high time for Pakistan team selectors to think about the composition of the team, since the T20 championship is on the door.

  • on February 21, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    @ syed nayyar BOOM BOOM AFRIDI.. whatever afridi done is for pakistan.. so stop blaming him and go to the hell as well...

    Razzaq no doubt play an extraordinary inning.. i know his capability that he can done but the way he done was unbelievable..... RAZZAQ ROCK

  • criclover007 on February 21, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    i m always big fan of Razzaq, because he is Fighter, and never leave any hope, he can fit any form of Cricket, Test, one Day and 20/20, ! This is big slap on Selectors who did not selected him for new zealand and AUS tour, i can bet you if he would be in the Test Game Against New-zeland and AUS. result would be different.

    Lets leave Afridi As a captain for all form of games, he is natural leader, no doubt, and best thing is he already showed it.

    ! also i would say Bring Imran Nazir in to Test and one Day as well. he has immense Talent. if Swag can be best batsman in Test, i am sure Imran nazir can be as well, all you need to polish him.

  • on February 21, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    everyone that scores cannot be a captain.We already have 4 Ex captains playing in the Team the major reason of our non synergetic acts on the field and in Press.Afridi for sure should be banned for life for that disgraceful act but in Pakistan we tend to forgive those who play with our nations pride.

  • on February 21, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    Razzaq really played well, what can I say, no one in the world except the PCB doubt on his capabilities.

  • on February 21, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    ABDUL RAZZAQ IS A COOL AND NICE PERSON. FAVOURITE PLAYER OF A LARGE NUMBER OF CRICKET LOVERS. NO DOUBT HE IS BEST CHOICE.

    ---- I REQUEST CRICINFO TO ADD ONE LINE IN DESKTOP SCORECARD BOWLER NAME AND CURRENT OVER DETAILS - OTHERS VIEWERS ALSO. PLS REQUEST .THANKS

  • PrinceMujji on February 21, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    Razzaq is best player in T20 side of pak team, as he show thw world with his batting yesterday..........but i think dont make him team captain, because his performance will also fall down as of younis, yousef and malik itself. Better we let him playing as an all rounder rather than as a captain. Best of luck for pak team in T20 World Cup.

  • awan6464 on February 21, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    I have always maintained that Abdul Razzaq remains greatest matchwinner for pakistan in ODIs. Its his humbleness n simplicity that didnt bring hm to limelight like hz other parallels such as wasim,waqar,anwar n afridi etc. He may nt b a box office stuff like them but he keeps produces performances of sheer individual brilliance. U r great Razzaq

  • KKickers on February 21, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    People, i completely understand your stance on making Abdul Razzak the captain. Well, i don't think so. At present the pakistan captaincy job has been jinxed. Any player appointed as captain has been marred with controversies and eventually lead the player to loose his form. Take anyone, younis or yuosuf, they are such classy players but still in appropriate criticism and constant scrutiny spoiled their tenure. I am from india and i seriously want to see pakistan back as a strong international team without the controversies. PEACE!!

  • on February 21, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    I WAS a big admirer of Afridi, not as a batsman but, as a dynamic leader. However, there is no forgiveness for a person bringing disrepute to the Nation as well as the game. In my opinion such persons needs to be dumped forever, into the dust bin of the history to bite the dust forever.

    Regarding Abdur Razzaq, it is high time he is elevated as captain for all the three forms of the Pakistan team. He is mature, experienced, cool and respected by the team members and the followers of the game, all around the world. Moreover, he can be DYNAMITE, if required. Good luck Mr. Abdur Razzaq.

  • on February 21, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    I have never think of Razaq as captian but i think Razaq can be good choice. He has been arround long time now. If Afridi is not given captaincy than give it to him.

    Razaq is also a GREAT person. He was in Norway few years ago he is very nice person to talk with. Same as Imran Nazir who is his good friend.

    GOOD LUCK RAZAQ. I THINK YOU ARE BETTER AND SMARTER THAN AFRIDI

  • on February 21, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    i am sure we will see lot of cries about making razzaq captain....

  • on February 21, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    ABDUL RAZZAQ SHUD BE PAKISTANI CAPTAIN!!!

  • Pathiyal on February 21, 2010, 3:20 GMT

    Razak's match winning innings was inspirational to watch. It seemed he came into bat with a lot of confidence despite a 'not so easy' situation. That was a knock of experience and sheer talent. But here is some lad who want to make him the captain. Good morning, leave him alone, let him play without any tension.

  • on February 21, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    Well done Abdul Razzaq... Everybody know that he is one of great allrounder and this is not first time he played like that, for me now he is NO. 1 contender of Pakistan captain. Pakistan cricket board should give him a chance.

  • Desihungama on February 20, 2010, 23:51 GMT

    It was Epic. This was typical Razzaq way of sending a loud message to the board for their foolishness in keeping him out of Test and ODI squads. He has really matured over the years and plays with sense of urgency and of course the aggression compliments his style. Get rid of the current opening pair, with Amer-Asif back, replace Gul with Rana and Pakistan will prove to be tough for few teams.

  • on February 20, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    Spectacular scoring feats aren't exactly a novelty in Twenty20 cricket, but both England's captain, Paul Collingwood, and his opposite number, Shoaib Malik, had to concede that Abdul Razzaq's ferocious late onslaught in the second Twenty20 in Dubai had taken the breath away. From an uncompromising position of 78 for 5 after 13 overs, Razzaq turned the contest on its head with a brilliant unbeaten 46 from 18 balls, including five sweetly struck sixes that left no room for equivocation.

  • ateesz on February 20, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    Atlast we got the win we were desperately waiting for & who else would have done it Abdul-Razaq who is always not in the limelight but he performs so heavily & swings it in pakistan's way...salutee to u man

  • on February 20, 2010, 21:02 GMT

    That's what I call "A COMEBACK" Gr8 job Razzaq !

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  • on February 20, 2010, 21:02 GMT

    That's what I call "A COMEBACK" Gr8 job Razzaq !

  • ateesz on February 20, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    Atlast we got the win we were desperately waiting for & who else would have done it Abdul-Razaq who is always not in the limelight but he performs so heavily & swings it in pakistan's way...salutee to u man

  • on February 20, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    Spectacular scoring feats aren't exactly a novelty in Twenty20 cricket, but both England's captain, Paul Collingwood, and his opposite number, Shoaib Malik, had to concede that Abdul Razzaq's ferocious late onslaught in the second Twenty20 in Dubai had taken the breath away. From an uncompromising position of 78 for 5 after 13 overs, Razzaq turned the contest on its head with a brilliant unbeaten 46 from 18 balls, including five sweetly struck sixes that left no room for equivocation.

  • Desihungama on February 20, 2010, 23:51 GMT

    It was Epic. This was typical Razzaq way of sending a loud message to the board for their foolishness in keeping him out of Test and ODI squads. He has really matured over the years and plays with sense of urgency and of course the aggression compliments his style. Get rid of the current opening pair, with Amer-Asif back, replace Gul with Rana and Pakistan will prove to be tough for few teams.

  • on February 21, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    Well done Abdul Razzaq... Everybody know that he is one of great allrounder and this is not first time he played like that, for me now he is NO. 1 contender of Pakistan captain. Pakistan cricket board should give him a chance.

  • Pathiyal on February 21, 2010, 3:20 GMT

    Razak's match winning innings was inspirational to watch. It seemed he came into bat with a lot of confidence despite a 'not so easy' situation. That was a knock of experience and sheer talent. But here is some lad who want to make him the captain. Good morning, leave him alone, let him play without any tension.

  • on February 21, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    ABDUL RAZZAQ SHUD BE PAKISTANI CAPTAIN!!!

  • on February 21, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    i am sure we will see lot of cries about making razzaq captain....

  • on February 21, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    I have never think of Razaq as captian but i think Razaq can be good choice. He has been arround long time now. If Afridi is not given captaincy than give it to him.

    Razaq is also a GREAT person. He was in Norway few years ago he is very nice person to talk with. Same as Imran Nazir who is his good friend.

    GOOD LUCK RAZAQ. I THINK YOU ARE BETTER AND SMARTER THAN AFRIDI

  • on February 21, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    I WAS a big admirer of Afridi, not as a batsman but, as a dynamic leader. However, there is no forgiveness for a person bringing disrepute to the Nation as well as the game. In my opinion such persons needs to be dumped forever, into the dust bin of the history to bite the dust forever.

    Regarding Abdur Razzaq, it is high time he is elevated as captain for all the three forms of the Pakistan team. He is mature, experienced, cool and respected by the team members and the followers of the game, all around the world. Moreover, he can be DYNAMITE, if required. Good luck Mr. Abdur Razzaq.