Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 2nd ODI, Bulawayo May 4, 2013

Saqlain praises Razzak's role


Saqlain Mushtaq has said the contribution of left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak's in Friday's 121-run over Zimbabwe has not gone unnoticed. Saqlain is now with Bangladesh was their spin bowling consultant, as part of his deal with the BCB to be in the role for 100 days in 2013.

He has been credited for guiding offspinner Sohag Gazi since his debut and has offering his advice to Razzak as well. Saqlain said that one wicket, that of Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor, was a vital contribution from a bowler who also had to adjust to the conditions.

"When someone comes back to the international arena, he needs some time to adjust to that climate," Saqlain said. "But I'm happy, because he got the wicket of the key man, Taylor. The captain was in very good form, he got hundreds in each innings of the first Test and I think he is their main player, and he took his wicket.

"I don't care about if he bowled flat. I just care about wickets, figures and how much a bowler contributes. He did a good job for us, took the main man out."

Saqlain revealed his conversation with Razzak in the dressing-room ahead of the Zimbabwe innings. "When he went inside I told him, 'we have done our preparations in the nets and we talked a lot about strategies. But now you are going on the field. You adjust according to the pitch, conditions and the situation. Try to play your game'."

Razzak's wicket of Taylor was the only one picked up by a spinner in the opening match of the series with the other eight being shared by the seamers Ziaur Rahman, Shafiul Islam and Robiul Islam. The pace bowlers also took 21 wickets in the Test series, while the spinners picked up 15. Saqlain sees the domination of the pace bowlers in the wicket-taking stakes as a welcome addition to the team's strength.

"We are improving not just in the spin department, but the fast bowling department as well. In the future hopefully we won't rely on just one department. We will play together and we will perform in all the areas; fast bowling, spin, batting and also in the field.

"We shouldn't say that we depend on the spinners. We play as a team, and the team plays together and they perform in all the departments. You can't win depending on just one department. The seamers are performing really well, in the Test matches and the ODIs as well. This is a good sign."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Sakib on May 5, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    he doesnt flight the ball.he doesnt turn it.but one thing batsmans all around the globe knows that he is accurate and everytime he bowls in a match he picks up wickets and ties the run rate down of the opponents.He may not be the superstar like some other players in the team but believe me the impact he has in Bangladesh wins in the last few years cannot be described in words.Hope He picks up 500 wickets in ODI s before retiring.Best of luck Buddy.

  • Shabbir on May 4, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    It's great having Saqlain here for Bangladesh as a Spin coach. Before the ZIM tour, we all thought that it would be our spin bowling that would be taking all the wickets. The irony is, that the much questioned pace attack of Bangladesh has led the way. With Shahadat's and Rubel's non-performances during the Sri Lankan tour, we were told that we didn't have many options. Thankfully, Shahadat was not chosen for this tour and "unfortunately" Rubel was sent home after the first test as he was injured. Now all of a sudden (for this tour at least) we have a very competitive pace attack which has taken most of the wickets.

    I am really enjoying, this new turn of events, Robiul was outstanding in the Tests, Zia started loosening up in the last inning of the 2nd Test and has shone with his 5 wickets in the first ODI. Shafiul should not be overlooked for his 2 wicket contribution.

    Razzak, should shine in the 2nd ODI and make the BD Bowling attack a very formidable one indeed.

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    once upon a time Bangladesh was moving hither and tither to find a special bowler.at the last moment Bangladesh cricket board got an spin specialist bowler Abdur Razzak.he is the is the key bowler of BD. his flighted delivery has been ameliorated.he played significance role beside every victory of team.if he got into full rhythm in his bowling no batsman could stop him from picking up wickets.it is manifested to all from his whole carrier.

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    Really its a great achievement for Bangladesh Cricket team ... fast bowler playing a effective role over our Spinner ...this is a good sign.Now we can do better competiton with Australia , England

  • Asad on May 4, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    I hope BCB will keep saqlain for long time. he is a god of spin bowling.

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    Saqlain is a Legend! Bangladesh should try to keep him for long term.

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    welcome Saklin mustak in Bangladesh. We BD supporters proud of you. Pls advice the new generation those are development board team & under19.Your contribution is highly appreciate. Keep it up. We BD supporters wanted all round performances all depertment. good luck.

  • raihan on May 4, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    why only for 2013???!!! BCB shud contract him till 2015 even if it is 50 working days per year :D

  • mainul on May 4, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    Abdur Razzak is a world class bowler. Even teams like Australia, South Africa will include him in their team . Just look at his record in ODIs. He has taken 201 wickets in 142 matches at 27.37. His economy rate is 4.47.He is certainly better than Harbhajan Singh of India in ODIs who has got 259 wickets in 229 ODIs at 33.40.

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    ya good job saqlain. you are the role model for any kind of spinner..hopefully Sohag Gazi will be the main beneficiary by learning something from you

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