Pakistan Cricket fans will be delighted to know that their world class all-rounder Abdul Razzaq is back for national duty. The 29-year-old Razzaq is most likely to replace the injured Yasir Arafat in the ongoing T20 World Championship in England. Yasir Arafat had strained his hamstring in Pakistan’s match against Netherlands. Pakistan is also waiting on the injury status of its main bowler Sohail Tanvir.
It was only a few days back that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had accepted the availability of Mohammad Yousuf and Abdur Razzaq to play for the country. Both these high profile players had contracts with the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) which seems to have lost ground totally. The Indian Cricket Board, BCCI had announced an amnesty for players interested in severing ties with the ICL which led to a mass exodus from the rebel league.
Pakistan which has become a weaker side since losing a few key players to the ICL will be more than happy to bring back some of them. It has already shown interest in Abdul Razzaq who bowls brisk medium pace and is a superb striker of the ball.
Abdul Razzaq has been known to be a good finisher with the bat owing to his cool temperament under pressure, the all-rounder has also proved that he is technically good to bat at the top of the order. Bowling wise, Razzaq can be a wrecker on his day as he gets a lot of seam movement and does produce effective reverse swing. His entry in the team will certainly boost Pakistan’s chances in the T20 World Cup. Razzaq last played for Pakistan in May 2007.