Abdul Razzaq, Jasprit Bumrah
Abdul Razzaq (Credits: AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Last Update on: May 1st, 2020 at 08:36 pm

Pakistan cricketers have hogged the limelight even as all cricketing activities around the globe remains suspended. The likes of Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Akmal, and Shahid Afridi have all stayed in the news for better reasons or worse. Meanwhile, Abdul Razzaq, who also came under the spotlight for his controversial statement regarding Jasprit Bumrah, took a U-turn.

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The all-rounder came under fire last year for calling Bumrah a “baby bowler” and that he would have taken him apart had he faced him. Razzaq went on to acknowledge that the lanky pacer was nowhere as compared to the speedsters of his time.

I do not have anything personal against Jasprit Bumrah: Abdul Razzaq

On the contrary, Jasprit Bumrah has been one of the best fast bowlers from the current bunch, troubling the best in all three formats at all stages of the match. Currently, the 26-year-old is ranked second in ICC rankings in ODIs for bowlers.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah (Credits- Twitter)

However, the Lahore-born defended his previous comments as per the latest news by saying he was only comparing him to the past greats. The 40-year old Abdul Razzaq went on to say that Bumrah is undoubtedly on track to become a world-class bowler but indeed rated the ancient greats of high calibre.

“I do not have anything personal against Bumrah. I was simply comparing him with the likes of Glenn McGrath, Wasim Akram, Curtly Ambrose, Shoaib Akhtar. It would have been much tougher to face them. My comments were misconstrued. He is heading towards becoming a world-class bowler. But in our times, the bowlers were of a much higher calibre. Not many can dispute that” Razzaq stated as quoted by Times of India.

Razzaq Feels Too Much T20 Cricket Has Pushed Down The Standards Today:

Abdul Razzaq
Abdul Razzaq (Credits: Twitter)

Maybe too much T20 cricket is responsible for this decline: Abdul Razzaq

The 265-ODI veteran furthermore believes that the standard of cricket seems to have gone down. Razzaq has grievances about the unprecedented rise of T20 cricket that may have been responsible for not cultivating cricketers of an elite class. There is comparatively much less pressure when facing speedsters today.

“You don’t feel the same pressure facing the current crop of pacers. Overall, there is a bad patch in world cricket. We are not producing world-class players the way we used to 10-15 years ago. You had Tendulkar, Zaheer, Sehwag, Ganguly in the same team. They would have walked into any team. Maybe too much T20 cricket is responsible for this decline.” Abdul Razzaq added further.

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