Abdul Razzaq slams Waqar Younis for launching campaign against senior players

Pakistan out of favour allrounder Abdul Razzaq has lashed out at the national team's head coach Waqar Younis for launching a campaign against established senior players.

PTI| Last Updated: Jan 20, 2015, 19:05 PM IST
Abdul Razzaq slams Waqar Younis for launching campaign against senior players

Karachi: Pakistan out of favour allrounder Abdul Razzaq has lashed out at the national team's head coach Waqar Younis for launching a campaign against established senior players.

"Till Waqar is the coach I will never be considered for a comeback to the national team," Razzaq complained.

"For some reason since Waqar became head coach he had an agenda against us senior players including myself, Muhammad Yousuf and even Shahid Afridi," he added.

Razzaq revealed that when Afridi was captain of one-day and T20 squads in 2011, it was Waqar who quarrelled with him in West Indies and later submitted an adverse report about the skipper to the Pakistan Cricket Board that led to his ouster.

He also blamed the board for having no consistent policy as far as appointing key persons in the national team was concerned.

"Whether Waqar left midway through his contract in 2011 himself or was told to resign by the board, I don't understand how the cricket board reappointed him to the same position last year. That means either then or now the board made a wrong decision," he insisted.

Razzaq, 35, who has appeared in 46 Tests, 235 One-day Internationals and 32 T20 matches, said he had retired from four-day cricket not one-day or T20 cricket and was always ready to play for Pakistan.

His last Test appearance was in 2006 and his last ODI in 2011 but he was picked up for a T20 series against South Africa in 2013 before being discarded after an injury scare.

"The problem with Pakistan cricket today is that players are not being taken into confidence by the captain or management. There is too much shunting of players going on which is not good for Pakistan cricket. The truth is, since 2007 our standards have gone down while other countries are improving."

Razzaq said while Misbah-ul-Haq was a good bet for Test cricket but he was not a limited overs player and in the upcoming World Cup he really needed to change his approach and give more confidence to the players.

"You will see players facing fitness issues when they are not mentally relaxed and this happens when the team management is not supportive enough," he said.

The dynamic allrounder said even Pakistan's domestic cricket standard had gone down.

"We're still playing a lot of one-day cricket whereas in other countries the stress now is on first class and T20 cricket. The people responsible for running domestic cricket don't take it seriously themselves," said Razzaq.

To a question, Razzaq also made it clear that the World Cup team was selected with consensus by chief selector Moin Khan, Younis and Misbah, so they were all responsible for how the team performed.