Abdul Razzaq Is Finally Back

kamran MehmoodContributor IJune 11, 2009

Maybe this was the boost that was required by rusty Pakistan team to raise their game in the second ICC World T20 in England.

Abdul Razzaq, Pakistan's premier all-rounder, will be seen in green kit after two years out. Razzaq, 29, although has featured in only two T20's for Pakistan, is known for his big hitting and can turn any match on his own at any particular day.

Pakistan is lacking six-hitting fire power in the tournament and would appreciate the inclusion of Abdul Razzaq in their side replacing his fellow all-rounder, Yasir Arafat, who is forced out of the competition due to hamstring injury.

Abdul Razzaq submitted his ICL NOC to Pakistan Cricket Board a couple of weeks ago and will be the first ex-ICL player to make a comeback at international level after being banned for two years.

He featured in domestic T20 tournament in Pakistan and captained his side, Lahore Lions, to the final where his team lost to Sialkot Stallions, the defending champions. He scored an unbeaten century in one of their matches against Quetta Bears and proved to the selectors that he is still one of the most dangerous player around.

He joined ICL after being left out of the inaugural ICC World T20 in South Africa in 2007.

Abdul Razzaq has hit 103 sixes in 221 innings of his One Day International career. Although he has lost a lot of his pace, his accuracy is still his strength which is essential in T20 cricket. He played a big part in Pakistan's brilliant performance in the 1999 World Cup which was held in England so he'll be familiar with the conditions and also his county experience will come into play as well.

Abdul Razzaq will join the Pakistan team in London just before the start of their Super 8 campaign against Sri Lanka on Friday and may not be available for the first game but his presence in the remaining matches will certainly lift the spirits of ill-disciplined yet very unpredictable Pakistan team, which is looking much stronger with the arrival of Abdul Razzaq.