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.
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.
He said on Sunday: “I will be captaining PTV this season. I feel completely fit at the moment and my form has been good recently. I hope my performances in the domestic season gets me selected for the PSL next year.” I already told the selectors my plans for the future at the time. 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.
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.