LONDON: Much respected all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has made an announcement to retire from the international cricket after being a part of the national team the last time in 2013. The cricketer had filed his retirement in black and white to the cricket board in 2016 seeking a Non-Objection Certificate (NOC) to play Masters Champions League in United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Razzaq has said today that although he wanted to have one last chance to internationally represent Pakistan, he has been out of the game for the last four years which makes it quite difficult for the him to make a comeback.
As for his plans for life after the retirement, Razzaq said that he is open to coaching possibilities if Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) seeks his help. He observed that young players needed coaching while senior players needed motivation. He stressed good coaching for all the underage teams in Pakistan to eventually have a polished team of Pakistan eleven emerge.
“Young players need a dedicated coach to learn the skills required to be an all-rounder. Senior players who are already part of the team don’t need coaching; they just need assistance and motivation but those at the start of their career need more careful guidance. I am always happy to share my experience with the future of Pakistan cricket, and I am available if the PCB wants my services,” the cricketer told a local online publisher.
He last represented Pakistan internationally in 2013 in a Twenty20 International match whereas his last One-Day International (ODI) was in 2011.
Earlier this year, Misbahul Haq and Younis Khan retired from the game after a successful West Indies tour. Before that former skipper Shahid Afridi had hung his gloves.
The former all-rounder has expressed wish to play a farewell match alongside Misbah and Younis.