Abdul Razzaq set to return to first-class cricket



“I have no intentions of returning to the international team and would like to leave my mark in the domestic season.” © Getty

Former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq who last played a first-class game in 2014, is set to return to competitive cricket. The 38-year-old will lead PTV in the upcoming domestic season and hopes that his performances will help him bag a Pakistan Super League (PSL) contract.

“I will be captaining PTV this season. I feel completely fit at the moment and my form has been good recently,” Razzaq told Daily Express on Sunday (May 6). “I hope my performances in the domestic season gets me selected for the PSL next year.”

Razzaq had quit first-class cricket in 2014 after his form dipped and his side ZTBL were relegated to Grade II. He even went on to serve as the bowling coach of Quetta Gladiators last season.

“I already told the selectors my plans for the future at the time,” he said. “We all are agreed that if my form and performances in the domestic season are up to the mark, then I would most certainly be drafted in the next PSL.”

Having made his international debut in 1996, Razzaq has played 46 Tests, 265 ODIs and 32 T20Is – appearing for Pakistan and Asia XI. Labeled as the next Imran Khan for his fast swingers and hard-hitting batting, Razzaq, despite his multiple skills, failed to live up to expectations. Exceptional and effective in patches, he was equally inconsistent. He even played three 50-over World Cups – 1999, 2003, 2011 – with his performances dipping with each passing edition.

After being left out of the national side in 2011, he made only a brief return in 2013, and last featured for his national side in November that year against South Africa. Even as he harbours hopes of playing PSL, he has ruled out the possibility to making a national comeback.

“There are so many youngsters who are in the Pakistan side and they truly deserve their spot. I have no intentions of returning to the international team and would like to leave my mark in the domestic season,” he concluded.

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