Thursday, 28 October 2021

Razzaq eyes PSL-4 after domestic exploits

ISLAMABAD: One of the most enterprising al-rounder’s Pakistan cricket had ever produced Abdul Razzaq has said he is ready to play Pakistan Super League 4th edition for any given franchise and is fully fit and enjoying his game both with willow and leather.

Razzaq expressed these views during an interview. “I can feel the time had well-passed to serve Pakistan cricket again and now I am fully focussed on playing the PSL and limited overs cricket. I had told the selectors that I want to play domestic cricket to ensure, I can earn a place in the PSL. My name is in the draft. I was told to perform, which I did in the last 7 matches in the One Day Cup for my department PTV. I not only scored runs with an average of 48 plus, but also took 5 wickets as well.”

He also thanked PTV administration for putting faith in him as it was never easy to stage comeback after long absent. “All the youngsters in the team are highly talented and want to learn from my vast experience while I am also ready to pass on my knowledge to youngsters. It was never easy for me to hang my boots as cricket is in my blood and frankly speaking, I can’t live without cricket. I am enjoying the pressure and faith pose in me and I am paying back the confidence of the department in best possible manner.”

When asked by this correspondent whether he agrees with the statement of Aaqib Javed that Test cricket should be abolished, Razzaq replied: “No absolutely not, it’s a highly irresponsible statement. The real cricket is Test cricket. The beauty of the game is the longer version of the cricket. I feel the ICC should focus on ensuring maximum Test cricket rather than ODIs and T20. These days’ every youngster is focussed on giving performances to be able to get a chance to play in the PSL, which I feel is not the right attitude and in fact destroying the beauty of the game and also the careers of the youngsters. Look what is happening these days. The faster they get prominence earlier they got vanished after few matches. They must understand to ensure prolonging their stay at the crease.”

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