Is this the end for Abdur Razzak?

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The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Tuesday evening named a 13-man BCB XI squad for the three-day match against Australia. As always, the selectors have done some experiments with the squad which is much appreciated. Once again there are some surprise entries which also won’t bother anyone. But at the same time there is a couple of decision which would trigger controversy among the cricket fraternity of the country.

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First of all, Abdur Razzak, the veteran spinner has once again been overlooked. But does BCB have any definite reason why day by day they are pushing Razzak out of the scenerio? It’s highly unlikely that they have any. Razzak has been performing quite well for the last couple of months or so in the domestic circuit. Even in the just concluded maiden round of the Walton 17th National Cricket League (NCL) where most other star players were matte, Razzak was an bright exception. But yet again all his efforts went in vain.

The left-arm spinner, who has an international  career of 12 Tests and 153 ODIs, played his last international match in August 2014 after. He took 13 wickets across formats in 8 matches last year. Since then, he never found a place in Tigers’ squad. Even he was not called for either the High Performance team nor the elite cricketers’ conditioning camp. At least he could have made to the Bangladesh A team that is now struggling in a three-day game against Karnataka. But even there what Razzak found was only ignorance. And now again, there is no entry for Razzak in the BCB XI as well.

So it’s now clear like daylight that Razzak is totally out of BCB’s radar and of any consideration. So what’s next for Bangladesh’s highest ODI wicket taker? He said prior to the NCL that he would look to NCL for a redemption. And he kept his promise quite nicely. He delivered a praiseworthy performance. But what’s the outcome of all that? Still he is the one left out every kind of second string Bangladesh teams. Let it be Bangladesh A or BCB XI – it’s all the same for Razzak. So is this the end for Razzak or will we ever again see him don in the national jersey?

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