‘I wasn’t the favorite of ex-PCB chairman Naseem Ashraf’ reveals Razzaq

 ‘I wasn’t the favorite of ex-PCB chairman Naseem Ashraf’ reveals Razzaq

KARACHI, 25 July: Ex-Test cricketer Abdul Razzaq disclosed that former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s chairman Naseem Ashraf influenced his ouster from the national team before T20 World Cup in 2007.

“Unfortunately, I wasn’t fit before World Cup 2007 and missed the event,” he shared. “Right after the World Cup, I got fit to play but remained unpicked for T20 World Cup. I went to the then captain Shoaib Malik to ask the reason but he referred me to the chief selector Salahuddin Sallo. Sallo Bhai said the decision to drop me was taken by the board,” he recalled.

When asked by the host if someone intentionally dropped him from the team before the mega event, the former all-rounder said, “I think the then chairman Naseem Ashraf didn’t like me.”. The host further inquired why Ashraf didn’t like him, the cricketer-turned-coach replied, “I don’t know why. In fact, he was with the team for two years before becoming PCB chairman and I always had a good interaction with him, reason for disliking me is still unknown.”

To a query about writing a book on events and incidents that happened during his career, Razzaq refused. “I don’t have any mood to write a book. I believe you have to write all the facts in a book. If I write a book, all the truth will come out and that truth will be intolerable,” he maintained.

Black Magic
Razzaq disclosed that Black Magic was applied on him during Pakistan’s tour to Australia in 2004 under the newly appointed coach Bob Woolmer. The cricketer narrated how he used to feel different right after stepping into the ground.

“Yes, Black Magic was applied on me and I told this to the then coach Woolmer” Razzaq accepted. “See, a lot of people get jealous of you sometimes. I still remember, how I used to feel 50 degrees right after stepping into the field despite good weather on the day. As soon as I reach the dressing room, everything gets alright. This continued for 10-15 days before I got normal,” he told the host.

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