Former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has often captured the spotlight in recent times for his debatable comments, mainly on Indian cricket. Abdul Razzaq received flak for labelling Jasprit Bumrah as a ‘baby bowler’ last year and claiming to dominate the seamer comfortably. And according to the latest developments, the seam-bowling all-rounder has predicted for the national team to reach the summit in a year or two across formats.
Pakistan has produced inconsistent performance in the last few years and barring their 2017 Champions Trophy victory, the men in green have little to show for achievements. But Babar Azam’s men have shown tiny signs of developments by emerging victorious in their recent white-ball tour of South Africa. Nevertheless, they still have to improve considerably to compete well with the likes of Australia, England, and India.
Abdul Razzaq underlined that for a team to reach the first or second position, they have to be outstanding in all facets of the game and iterated Australia’s example of how they dominated world cricket for a decade. The 41-year old remains optimistic about Pakistan getting to that stage across formats, given their current state.
“To me, the secret to reaching the first or second position in ICC’s rankings in all formats is to improve in all three facets, in much the same way as Australia was dominating all other teams about 20 years ago. I am hopeful that the way things are going, Pakistan will reach the first or second position in all formats very soon,” Razzaq told PakPassion.net.
I am very happy that our batting, bowling and fielding has shown a marked improvement: Abdul Razzaq
Abdul Razzaq also stated that Pakistan are not at the rebuilding phase, unlike South Africa, Australia, Sri Lanka, and England. Razzaq highlighted that Pakistan are nowhere near the state South Africa finds itself in and is pleased to see them improve across all departments.
“We only have to look at the likes of South Africa, Australia, Sri Lanka, and England who are now in the middle of a similar rebuilding phase as us. We saw how South Africa are faring of late, so thankfully Pakistan is not at that stage and I am very happy that our batting, bowling and fielding has shown a marked improvement,” he added.