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Razzaq reverses retirement decision
The Pakistan all-rounder wants to regain his place in the national team.
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2007 14:17 GMT

Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has put his hand up for national selection again [GALLO/GETTY]

Abdul Razzaq, discontented Pakistan all-rounder, has reversed his decision to retire from international cricket, saying he will fight to get his place in the national cricket team back.
 
The 26-year-old announced his retirement in August after being excluded from the Pakistan team for the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup held in South Africa.
"I reconsidered the decision after consultation with my club people, especially my coach Azhar Zaidi, who all advised me to continue playing. So I am back and available for Pakistan," Razzaq told AFP.
"I took the decision in the heat of the moment and got a lot of calls from fans and supporters who asked me to change the decision."
 
At the time, Pakistan selectors said Razzaq and Mohammad Yousuf, senior batsman, were being rested - a statement Razzaq said he believed was a pretext for him being dropped from the side.
 
"I was hurt when they dropped me, and on form and fitness and on my record as an international player, I deserved the benefit of being treated as a senior player," Razzaq said.
 
Razzaq, who missed the ICC World Cup in the Caribbean earlier this year because of a knee injury, has scored 1,146 runs and taken 100 wickets in 46 Tests, along with 4,465 runs and 240 wickets in 231 one-day internationals in a career which began in 1995.
 

"Let him play first class cricket and the doors are open for everyone who does well at the domestic level."

Salahuddin Ahmed,
Pakistan chief selector

The all-rounder's lacklustre performance in his last 15 one-day internationals, when he scored just 173 at and average of 10.73 with 12 wickets at 39 runs each, led to his axing from the team.
 
He said he would play in domestic matches in Pakistan to win back his place in the national team.
 
"I am playing first class cricket for Agricultural Development Bank and do my best to win back my place," said Razzaq, who also signed for rebel Indian league two months ago.
 
Door is open for Razzaq
 
However Razzaq said he was not sure of playing for the new Indian Cricket League (ICL).
 
"I will wait and see. I have signed for them but I will take a decision in the next few days," said Razzaq about playing in the league which is unrecognised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
 
The BCCI has launched its own Indian Premier League (IPL), to counter the ICL, which is bankrolled by India's largest media group.
 
Razzaq will have to wait until next month to get a place in Pakistan's Test team for India.
 
Pakistan announced a 16-man one-day squad on Friday, to play five one-day games against India, with the first match on November 5.
 
Salahuddin Ahmed, Pakistan chief selector, said Razzaq will have to prove fitness and form.
 
"Let him play first class cricket and the doors are open for everyone who does well at the domestic level," said Ahmed.
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