Abdul Razzaq has slammed his exclusion from Pakistan’s squad for the limited-overs leg of their tour to the Caribbean later this month.
The sub-continental big guns omitted all-rounder Razzaq and wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal from their 16-man squad for their lone Twenty20 International and five ODI against the West Indies, which will be followed by a two-Test series.
The 31-year-old right-hander didn’t complete a full complement of 10 overs in eight matches once and batted at seven or eight during Pakistan’s World Cup campaign, which eventually had them crash out of the ODI showpiece in the wake of a semi-final loss to India.
Although inconsistent, he was neither poor with the bat nor substandard with the ball and has cited a lack of opportunity for his inability to make an impact in the side.
“One hardly gets time to settle in or build a proper innings. It was the same situation in bowling also, I had told the team management I was ready to bat at number three because I have batted at that position before and have also done well,” the veteran, who has batted at first drop on 25 occasions in his 262 ODIs, was quoted as saying by PTI.
“But as it was the World Cup and due to requirements of the team, the management didn’t accept my point of view and I was kept at number eight.
“I was told to bat at number eight and I hardly got a few overs in every match. So, where does the question of my non-performance arise?”
“How can one perform when he is batting at number eight and bowling just a few overs in every match?”
Meanwhile, team doctors have declared Aizaz Cheema unfit to participate in the series against the Windies. The 31-year-old seamer has been replaced by 21-year-old left-arm fast bowler Sadaf Hussain, whose graduation to the international ranks comes on the back of 90 wickets in his first 18 first-class games. Cricket365