Pakistan in South Africa 2013-14 November 19, 2013

Injured Malik, Razzaq to return to Pakistan


Pakistan allrounders Shoaib Malik and Abdul Razzaq have been ruled out of the South Africa tour with injuries and will return home immediately. The tour selection committee hasn't asked for replacements, reducing the squad to 15 members from 17.

While Razzaq injured his hamstring while training, Malik aggravated the finger injury he picked up in the second T20 against South Africa in Dubai. He was struck by a rising delivery from Wayne Parnell.

"The decision was taken by the tour selection committee after consultation with the team's doctor and a South African doctor," the PCB said in a statement. "Razzaq suffered from a severe hamstring injury while training the day before yesterday while Malik's hand injury was exacerbated because of the travel stress. The tour selection committee has not asked for replacements."

Both players were retained for Pakistan's tour of South Africa even though they failed to impress during the T20 series in the UAE. Razzaq was recalled since being dropped after the 2012 World T20 in Sri Lanka following his outburst against captain Mohammad Hafeez which fetched him a fine of Rs 1 lakh.

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

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  • Fahad on November 23, 2013, 23:22 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq should most definitely get another chance. Although I do know that he is injured and cannot play but I think when he recovers they should definitely select him for the upcoming series angainst the Sri Lankan lions in both ODI and T20's. Shohaib Malik however, I think shouldn't get another chance simply because he's had too many chances and hasn't performed. Such as the Champions trophy this year, which I thought Afridi should've been selected instead of Malik.

  • Ali on November 23, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    Shoaib Malik or Shahid Afridi we need to make choice between them. Malik average 30 in ODI so he is technically a lower order batsman at which Afridi bats but he is a average bowler. Including both of them in same team will put lot of allrounders in the team. Professinal teams go with two allrounderatmost we needs specialist batsman not part timers.

  • Dummy4 on November 21, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    What an appalling and pathetic selection of old, non-performing players. Why don't the selectors take a page out of the Indian Selection Committee and give young players a chance.

    The SA tour was a golden opportunity to rebuild the Pakistani cricket team with fresh legs. Sethi and company have squandered this golden opportunity.

    Why Hafeez, Afridi, Razzak and Malik are part of the team, Pakistani fans are at a loss to explain. We don't need Misbah or Younis in T20 team; they are all too old to play this format.

    We need fresh legs like Hammad Azam, Harris, Shan, and Khurram in the squad. It is the batting that has failed stupid. It is time for the Selection Committee to realize it!

    With a few exceptions, please note every time a fresh, young player is introduced, he has performed. The Selection Committee should make a note of it.

  • Dummy4 on November 21, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    We also need our own Pakistani Coaches like 2 W's, Inzi bhai, Miandad, Mohsin Khan, Saqlain, Basit Ali etc etc to train our talented players. We have got very much talent in our country but what we need is just to select the best and polish them so that they can perform and rule the world like Indian cricket team. We can be the best team than India but we just have to remove our mistakes as soon as possible. Werna log cricket khelna chhorh dengey mere bhai..

  • Dummy4 on November 21, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    No doubt Muhammad Hafeez is a captain or a vice captain of our team, but if he is not perfornming than why are we still giving him a chance? He must be punished like others. Whole team changes but nobody even think of giving him rest for a series or even 2-3 matches. his position was changed from open to one down or two after he failed in 30 matches. Hafeez disappoint us in 4 matches and perform in his last match to get his place back in the team. we dont need hafeez in the team please.. hey PCB, why dont you think of better openeres... line lagii huii ha talent ki Pakistan ma boss... think of it as we all pay you for all this entertainment.

  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    In short 15 man squad is mediocre selection. Selection Committee resign, we dont need your appologies just resign , continous long term failure means Resignition with or without dignity.

  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    Even whatmore cant do anything with this mediocre selection and Abdul Razzaq out of squad thus even weaker team now.

  • farooq on November 20, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Pakistan team needs a batting coach pleaseeeeeeee give them a batting coach a decent one like inzi ,yousaf,salim malik,etc

  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    Two expired cricketers returned, the way they played in UAE gave us an insight into their fitness level and their abilities to win matches. There was a time when Razzaq and Malik were considered as good limited overs players but we should move forward now. PCB bring some youngsters as replacements.

  • Shah on November 20, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    what all happening it is nature of pakistan cricket (as we know pakistanies are very emotional nation every field of life) agree?? even pakistan losses the same way when they got great players like 2Ws, Inzi, Saeed Anwar, Shoaib akhtar, Miandad, Saleem Malik.. i'v never forgotten 80% matches of 1992 world cup and later worldcups.. its nothing new for us.. Pakistan team playes only "Tukka" basses, when it comes they can destroy any team.. its clearlyl show how "Tukka" can do. nothing will change, we have to just watch the matches and enjoyes ups and downs.. some players can do it with very interestingly and also people would like this change as the name of "Changing".. Pakistan team should be like this, 1.Ahmed Shahzad,2.Azhar Ali,3.Umar Akmal, 4.Sohaib Maqsood, 5. Khalid Latif, 6.Kamran Akmal (should be play him as a batsman instead of w/k), 7.Hammad Azam/Hafeez, 8.Saeed Ajmal, 9.Anwar Ali (he can bat few times just like Afridi), 10. Junaid Khan, 11.Irfan/Gul/Aizaz Cheema/ shuffl them

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