Razzaq quits Pakistan
Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has retired from international cricket, aged just 27.
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 21/08/07 10:11am
Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has retired from international cricket after being overlooked for September's Twenty20 World Championship.
The 27-year-old is now free to join the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL), with former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf, Imran Farhat and Azhar Mahmood also linked with the league.
He has taken 246 wickets and averages 30 with the bat in One-Day International cricket, with 100 wickets and a 29-run average in the Test match arena.
But Razzaq was part of the squad humiliatingly eliminated by Ireland in the first round of the World Cup in the Caribbean, and has suffered as a result.
Razzaq told Geo Television: "They dropped me from the Twenty20 World Cup squad and I was very upset and disappointed. But none of them bothered to call me up and tell me why I was dropped.
"Their attitude has hurt and disappointed me a lot which is why I have decided to retire from international cricket."
He has denied accepting an offer to join the ICL Twenty20 tournament so far.
However, Pakistan's loss is Worcestershire's gain after the New Road county signed him for the remainder of the season.
Razzaq fills the hole left by Phil Jaques and Doug Bollinger, who are taking part in an Australia A tour of Pakistan.
He is likely to play in the championship match against Kent starting on Tuesday providing his ECB registration goes through in time.