Overview of Abdul Razzaq
Abdul Razzaq (born 2 December
1979, Lahore, Punjab) is a Pakistani cricketer and member of the Indian Cricket
League since 2007.
Razzaq is a right-handed batsman and right-arm fast-medium bowler. His bowling,
at one time rapid, has now seen an increase on line and length, although
sacrificing some pace. He emerged onto the world cricket scene in November 1996
when he made his One Day International debut against the touring Zimbabweans at
his home ground in Lahore a month short of his seventeenth birthday.
Although originally a bowler, his batting soon improved and he became known as
an all-rounder. Razzaq has achieved the double of 1000 Test runs and 100 Test
wickets. He has the ability to both hit out or graft for runs, and this
versatility has given him the experience of batting at every position. He is
also a useful and accurate fast bowler who has troubled some of the world's
leading batsmen. He had to wait just over three years to make his Test debut for
Pakistan, eventually doing so against Australia in Brisbane in November 1999.
Abdul Razzaq claims to have learned while playing under Wasim Akram. One of the
things that he has learned from Wasim Akram is his fast arm action which makes
it hard to predict at what speed the ball is going to be pitched.
As one of the game's most effective sloggers, Abdul Razzaq bats with a long
handle and has pioneered clearing the front foot. The precarious technique has
been used since by other batsmen, most notably Jacob Oram, to different degrees
of success. However, his batting is generally ineffective against spin bowling,
particularly in Test matches. He has also been criticized by some for his
batting extremes: while a hard-hitting one-day batsman, he is also a stonewaller
in the extreme mode, sometimes batting hours in single figures during Tests. His
Test batting has been criticized, and it has been suggested that he play his
one-day game in order to be more effective. It may be that Razzaq's essential
role in the Test lineup is as a stonewalling batsman.
Razzaq was involved in the ACC Asian XI that took on the ICC World XI in the
World Cricket Tsunami Appeal charity match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in
January 2005. As of May 2005 Razzaq remains an integral part of Pakistan's Test
and one-day squads and is considered especially vital in the ODI team, where his
all-round skills make him an important asset to the squad.
In the 1999-2000 Carlton and United Series that he rose to fame Razzaq was named
man of the series for his all round performance. In a pool match in Hobart
against India, Razzaq scored a half century and took five wickets. In that same
tournament he hit Glenn McGrath for 5 fours in an over. Razzaq is also the
youngest player in the world to take a Test hat trick.
Abdul Razzaq has achieved two centuries and twenty-one fifties in one-day
cricket. His highest one-day score, 112, was made against South Africa in 2002,
where he shared a partnership of 257 runs with Saleem Elahi. His second century,
an unbeaten 107, was made against Zimbabwe in Multan in 2004. On this occasion,
he saved Pakistan from a disastrous start and eventually won them the match. His
first fifty came steadily in 90 balls, before accelerating in the second fifty,
which was scored in just 21. Also in 2003-2004, he launched a rapid 89 off 40
balls against New Zealand, whose captain Stephen Fleming called him the "best
hitter" in the world.
With the ball, Abdul Razzaq experienced a steady decline in pace and performance
from the 2003 World Cup to late 2004. In this period he was used, more than
anything, as a containing bowler. However, from 2005 to the end of 2006, his
bowling regained its earlier consistency and guile, if not its pace.
His batting remained consistent from 2000 to 2006, although his Test place was
never secure, but a single poor series with both bat and ball in 2007 against
South Africa, coupled with an injury that forced him out of the 2007 World Cup,
saw him dropped from the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup, a decision that received
His bowling has also won Pakistan many matches; his career-best figures are 6
wickets for 35 runs. Another memorable performance was against Sri Lanka at
Sharjah in 1999, where after Pakistan were bundled out for 196 runs, and he took
5 for 31 to tie the match.
In the 2005/2006 Test series against India, Razzaq took 9 wickets and hit 205
runs in the two Tests he played, moving him up ICC rankings.
He has played at English county level for Middlesex and Worcestershire.
Despite such an impressive statistical base Razzaq's place in the Pakistan
National Team has been marred by strange injuries and unexplained absences. In
2005 it was revealed that he was suffering an addiction to spinach which was
causing him to suffer from nausea and sickness whilst playing. This led to him
being known as "Popeye" by teammates.
On August 20, 2007 Razzaq announced his retirement from international cricket as
a protest against his omission from the World Twenty20 squad.
On October 27, 2007 Razzaq took back his decision to retire following
discussions with his local club and long-time coach, saying, "Maybe I made that
[decision to retire] in the heat of the moment." However, Razzaq's international
career remains in doubt due to his participation in the inaugral Indian Cricket
Razzaq's terrific final over in the ICL tournament final allowed his team
Hyderabad heroes to take a 1-0 lead in the best of 3 finals. The finals were
eventually won by Hyderabad Heroes 2-0 after a cliffhanger second game which
ended in a bowl out.
He joined Surrey in June 2008 on a short-term contract. Razzaq was signed with
the Twenty20 County Cup in mind. He helped Surrey to victory against Sussex by
scoring 39 off 19 balls. Despite his short period at the Oval, Razzaq has become
a fan-favourite amongst Surrey supporters.
Razzaq said recently in an
interview with PakPassion.net that he hoped the PCB's ban on ICL players would
soon be revoked and he stated his desire to play for Pakistan national team once
again, affirming that his retirement wasn't necessarily a permanent decision.