Watching Pakistan play qualifier is painful, says Razzak

Former Pakistani all-rounder Abdur Razzak, while talking to Gulf News, said it would be ‘painful’ for him to watch Pakistan play in the qualifying round to gain a spot in the 2019 World Cup.

Referring to Pakistan’s current situation, Razzak expressed it as desolate and bleak, his former team could miss out the direct chance to play in the tournament. He said, “As a player who played for Pakistan it is very painful to see the situation. For Pakistan, to reach such a stage of being not sure of qualifying for the World Cup is bad, and if they do not get a direct qualification, the whole team will feel the pain.”

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“I only hope that the coming days they win matches and not go through the process of having play in the qualifying round” – the former all-rounder added.

“They players are lacking in talent. There isn’t a player of excellent caliber like in the past. To add to this, players are mentally weak. It’s not the real Pakistan team. If they all did play as a team, surely Pakistan’s ranking would have been high” – the former all-rounder explained.

“In the past, we had gifted all-rounders, unfortunately these are lacking today. Since we have a dearth of all-rounders, they should have given the task of grooming all-rounders to players like Azhar Mahmood, Wasim Akram and myself. We would have tried to produce some good all-rounders” – Abdur Razzak regretted comparing the team with its golden era.