September 9, 2012

Experienced Abdul Razzaq is a quality T20 all-rounder and he should be made a part of Pakistan’s T20 team because he has the rare quality of performing under pressure, says former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram.

“Players like Razzaq induce confidence in young players when the team is under pressure,” Wasim told Geo. “He is an asset for the team.”

Abdul Razzaq showed nerves of steel when he bowled impressively in the final over against Australia, taking two wickets and restricting Australia from surpassing Pakistan total of 151 runs to take the match to Super Over, which Pakistan eventually won to clinch the three-match T20 series 2-0 in Dubai.

“He has the quality of handling pressure, which is rare among Pakistani cricketers. He doesn’t show any sign of pressure and even when the team is in dangerous position, he manages to keep calm,” Wasim said.

The former left-handed all-rounder further said that Razzaq with his performance has proved his critics wrong. “Tendulkar has been in the team even after crossing the 40-year mark. The nation supports him and we should also support our players. Razzaq is fit and he is around 32 so I think people should support him.” The former pacer lauded Pakistan for winning the series at such an important time as the World T20 Championship would be starting within two weeks. “Winning the series at such a time, especially after losing in the ODI series, has been a remarkable comeback.”

- “Players like Razzaq induce confidence in young players when the team is under pressure,” Wasim told Geo. “He is an asset for the team.”

He added that winning the series ahead of the World T20 championship would boost Pakistan’s confidence, but Pakistan should also try to win the last match, to be played on Monday, to gain psychological advantage over other teams ahead of the prestigious event starting from September 18 in Sri Lanka.

“If Pakistan manage a clean-sweep against the Australians, it will give Pakistan a huge psychological advantage ahead of the World T20 Championship,” he said.

Wasim added that all-rounder Shahid Afridi should be given rest in the last match also so that he can fully recover from his thumb injury and the winning combination should be featured in the third match as well.

Wasim added that the Australians had a weak batting line, which would also hurt them at the World T20 Championship. “The other teams have strong T20 squads so I think Australia would suffer in the World T20 championship because of weak batting,” he said.

Courtesy: THE NEWS

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