Razzak vents his frustration

Abdur Razzak celebrates a wicket

He has been playing for Bangladesh for the last 10 years. In terms of ODI’S played by a Bangladeshi, he is at the second position. He is the highest wicket taker for Bangladesh in the format and has played 2 world cups. Yet, when another World cup is knocking at the door, Abdur Razzak is a near forgotten name. He is in the 30 man squad for the World cup but chances are low that he will make it to the final 15.

The other three alternatives in place of him have played in 11 matches combined, which is just 142 matches less than Razzak. Their combined wickets are 24, Razzak alone has almost 9 times as many wickets.

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The reason why Arafat Sunny, Taijul Islam and Jubair Hossain have a greater chance of making the cut than Razzak is due to their recent form. Besides, Razzak’s form has dipped considerably; he has taken 3 wickets in 6 matches in 2014 with an average of 112.33 and economy of over 6. To add to it, injuries, fitness problems and sloppy fielding has added to the problems.

Razzak, however, thinks otherwise, “After playing for so many years in the team, hearing things like these hurt. My fitness isn’t that bad that I can’t play for the national team anymore. I also have fully recovered from the hamstring injury.”

Razzak has taken 21 wickets in 9 games in Dhaka Premier league at an average of under 15. This has given him hope, “I still hope to get a chance. I am waiting for an opportunity to play in the World cup.”

Regarding his form, he said, “This is very disappointing. A couple of bad series and everyone starts talking about off form. Cricketers do have fluctuations in form doesn’t mean they are down and out.”

If he gets a chance in the World cup, he has promised to perform, “I believe experience has value but it might sound I am speaking for myself. Matches teach you lessons that coaches can’t. If I play I will not only help the team with experience but also perform.”

Even if he doesn’t make the cut, he says he will be ready to deliver for the country, “If I don’t play in the World cup, my career isn’t over. I believe I still have a lot to give to my country. I am not contemplating retirement now. “