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Razzaq retires
Pakistan all rounder retires from international cricket amid controversy.
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2007 13:13 GMT

Abdul Razzaq: Jumping before he was pushed? [GALLO/GETTY]

Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has quit international cricket citing an agenda against him after he was omitted from the country’s Twenty20 World Championship squad.
 
"I believe that they (selectors) wanted to drop me from test and one-day international cricket as well so as a protest I am quitting international cricket,'' Razzaq said.
Pakistan cricket selectors dropped the 27 year old and seasoned middle-order batsman Mohammad Yousuf from the 15-men squad for Twenty20 World Championship.
 
"There can be a reconciliation but the (Pakistan Cricket) Board has to listen to the grievances of the players.

"Why is the board acting like this with players, trying to get rid of all the seniors?" Razzaq questioned aloud.

However, chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed dismissed the player’s claims.

"The team for the Twenty20 World Championship was picked purely on merit," Ahmed said.

"I still believe that Razzaq has a future in Pakistan cricket and he should reconsider his decision," he added.

Tait out

Meanwhile, Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait was ruled out of the Australian squad after failing to recover from elbow surgery.

"This news is very disappointing for Shaun Tait after such a successful World Cup campaign and I know he was looking forward to being part of the first ICC World Twenty20," Andrew Hilditch, the Australian Chairman of Selectors, said.

Australian team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said Tait had recovered
"slower than expected" from surgery on his right elbow.

"Recent efforts to resume bowling have resulted in some elbow discomfort, which is an indication that more time is required for him to start training at a greater intensity," he said.

Paceman Ben Hilfenhaus has been named as the replacement in the 15-man squad for the South African tournament.

Hilfenhaus has previously represented Australia in one limited-overs international and one Twenty20 international.

"Ben is highly regarded and the chance to be part of an Australian touring squad will greatly assist his development," Hilditch said.

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