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'If Nehra can do it, why not me?'


At his peak, Abdur Razzak was one of the biggest stars of the Bangladesh national set up. Let it be limited-overs cricket, or the longer version — Razzak was the part and parcel of Bangladesh team.

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But things have not been going in favour of Razzak lately. He has not been a part of Bangladesh side ever since he was dropped in the year 2014 because of a short-lived bad patch.

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Still Razzak has proved his worth in the domestic cricket many a times in these two years. So prior to every single series or tournament Bangladesh play, Razzak remains in contention to be part of the squad. But because of some unknown reason, he never gets a call.

Word is that Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusinghe is not impressed with Razzak’s performance and ability, and hence Razzak is out of the coach’s current plans regarding national team.

Still during Bangladesh’s last bilateral series against Zimbabwe, Razzak was proposed to play ‘one last match’ and retire from the field. But Razzak didn’t agree.

“The board never contacted with me directly. I was offered by a third party, who tried many tricks in a bid to convince me. But I was stubborn on my own decision,” says Razzak.

“I don’t want to see me as a retired player yet. I believe I am still playing good cricket in the domestic circuit. Now if I retire from international cricket, it will affect on my domestic performance. I know either after six months or six years, I have to retire. But I don’t think six months will be my choice.”

Had Razzak agreed with the board on that ‘farewell match’ planning, he could have become the first ever Bangladesh player to officially retire from international cricket right from the ground. It itself would be a moment for Razzak to cherish about forever.

But Razzak believes he still has a lot of cricket left in him. He is waiting for the ‘miracle’ to happen, which may bring him back in the national fold. He says, “Look at Ashish Nehra. He has made return to international cricket at the age of 38. If he is capable of doing so as a pacer, why can’t it be me as well? I am much younger than him.

“Not only him (Nehra), there are so many other players of my age, still playing international cricket. If they can do it, I don’t see any reason of me not doing it. I have never turned down any challenges in my life, and neither will I do it now,” concludes Razzak.

– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcricteam.com

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