Lahore (June 2, 2017): All-rounder Abdul Razzaq has announced to retire from the international cricket followed by being a part of the national team for the last time in 2013.
Abdul Razzaq had filed his retirement to the cricket board in 2016 seeking NOC to play Masters Champions League in United Arab Emirates (UAE).
He stressed good coaching for all the underage teams in Pakistan to eventually have a polished team of Pakistan eleven emerge.
Razzaq made his international debut in 1996 and represented Pakistan in 343 matches across all formats before calling time on his career that last over decades, even if he was active in the international circuit until 2013.
The 37-year-old made his ODI debut in 1996 against Zimbabwe and went on to play 265 matches and score over 5,000 runs at an average of nearly 30 and picked up nearly 270 wickets at an economy rate of under 4.7.
His first Test for Pakistan came in 1999 and although he played 46 matches in the format, it was in colored clothing that he was most effective. He even represented Pakistan in 32 T20Is, including his final international match, against South Africa at Dubai on 15 November 2013.
Razzaq last played a domestic game in January 2015 but will continue to play first-class games for Sui Northern Gas Pipelines and continue to be Quetta Gladiators’ assistant coach.
After retirement he plans to look out for coaching possibilities, esp. if Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) seeks his help. He also stated that young players needed coaching while senior players needed motivation.