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Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has said it’s quite sad to see the national side in a pathetic state after receiving hammering in Tests and ODIs in series Down Under against Australia.
“As a player who played for Pakistan it is very painful to see the present situation,” Razzaq was quoted as saying by Gulf News.
Razzaq, who has not yet announced his retirement from international cricket, expressed the current situation of Men in Green is miserable as they are also on the verge to miss out on the direct 2019 World Cup qualification.
“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,” Razzaq said.
The 35-year-old batting all-rounder revealed it would be hard to digest if Pakistan will have to play the World Cup qualifiers in a bid to earn a spot in 2019 World Cup as the cut-off date has been set as September 2017 by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
“They [players] are lacking in talent. There aren’t player of the excellent calibre like in the past. To add to this the players are mentally weak. It’s no longer the real Pakistan team. If they all did play as a team surely Pakistan ranking would have been high,” Razzaq revealed.
To qualify directly for the 2019 World Cup, Pakistan will have to record impressive wins during their Caribbean assignment, where they’ll play three ODIs, two T20Is and three Tests.
“I only hope that in the coming days they win matches and not go through the process of having to play in the qualifying round,” Razzaq expressed.
Lahore-born Razzaq has revealed the current crop of cricketers in Pakistan lack some serious talent.
“In the past, we had gifted all-rounders [playing for Pakistan],” he said.
While taking a jibe at the cricket management, Razzaq, who last appeared in 2013 in a T20 match against South Africa, said they [board] failed to groom the genuine fast bowling all-rounder in modern day cricket.
“Unfortunately, this is lacking today. Since we have a dearth of all-rounders, they [Pakistan Cricket Board] should have given the task of grooming all-rounders to players like Azhar Mahmood, Wasim Akram and myself,” he added.
However, Razzaq, who was at the launch of the Masters Champions League (MCL) Cricket Academy in Dubai, also echoed the words of former Pakistan cricketers to see the wicket-keeper batsman as the national side’s skipper.
“It is a good chance for Sarfraz. I feel if the captaincy is given to him, he might do a good job. No one should blame captaincy for the recent defeats,” Razzaq further added.
Since making his international debut in 1996, Razzaq played a significant role for Pakistan with the bat and a ball.
“Captaincy would work only if you have a good talented team with good all-rounders and players with skills,” Razzaq concluded.
The power-hitter has played 265 ODIs amassed 5,080 runs at an average of 29.70. He has also picked 269 wickets at an average of 31.83.
In 46 Tests, Razzaq bagged 100 wickets and scored 1,946 runs, with three centuries and seven fifties. He has also appeared in 32 T20Is.