ABDUL RAZZAQ (PAKISTAN) First International Nominee Class of 2024

Abdul Razzaq (cricketer)

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Abdul Razzaq
Personal information
Born 2 December 1979 (age 43)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)[1]
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm fast-medium
Role All-rounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 157) 5 November 1999 v Australia
Last Test 1 December 2006 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 111) 1 November 1996 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 18 November 2011 v Sri Lanka
T20I debut (cap 1) 28 August 2006 v England
Last T20I 15 November 2013 v South Africa
Domestic team information
Years Team
1996–2007 Lahore
1997–1999 Khan Research Laboratories
2001–2002 Pakistan International Airlines
2002–2003 Middlesex
2003–2004 Zarai
2004– Lahore Lions
2007 Worcestershire
2007–2009 Hyderabad Heroes
2008 Surrey
2010 Hampshire
2010 Sialkot Stallions
2011 Leicestershire
2011–2012 Melbourne Renegades
2012–2013 Wayamba United
2016 Lahore Qalandars
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 46 265 32 123
Runs scored 1,946 5,080 393 5,371
Batting average 28.61 29.70 20.68 32.55
100s/50s 3/7 3/23 0/0 8/29
Top score 134 112 46* 203*
Balls bowled 7,008 10,941 339 19,206
Wickets 100 269 20 355
Bowling average 36.94 31.83 19.75 31.42
5 wickets in innings 1 3 0 13
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 2
Best bowling 5/35 6/35 3/13 7/51
Catches/stumpings 15/– 35/– 2/– 33/–
Medal record
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 12 March 2023

Abdul Razzaq (Punjabi, Urdu: عبدُالرّزاق; born 2 December 1979) is a Pakistani cricket coach and former cricketer, who played all formats of the game. He is a right arm fast-medium bowlerand a right-handed batsman, who emerged in international cricket in 1996 with his One Day International debut against Zimbabwe at his home ground in Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore; just one month before his seventeenth birthday. He was the part of the Pakistan Cricket Team squad that won the ICC World Twenty20 2009. He played 265 ODIs and 46 Tests.

At the age of 38, Abdul Razzaq announced that he would make a comeback in domestic circuit level to play first-class cricket again after having short stints as a coach for few domestic teams in Pakistan since his international retirement in 2013.[2]

Personal life

Abdul Razzaq was born in Shahdara Bagh, a suburb on the outskirts of Lahore, Punjab, known for its Mughal architecture.[3]

He is married to his maternal first cousin, Ayesha.[4]

His son Ali Razzaq is also a cricketer.[5]

International career

Early career

Abdul Razzaq made his One Day International debut in November 1996, against Zimbabwe, but had to wait just over three years to make his Test cricket debut for Pakistan, eventually doing so against Australia in Brisbane in November 1999. In the 1999–2000 Carlton and United Series, he rose to fame and was named man of the series for his all round performance. During a match in Hobart against India, Abdul Razzaq scored a half century and took five wickets. In the same tournament, he hit former Australian fast bowler, Glenn McGrath for 5 fours, which totalled to 20 runs in one over. Abdul Razzaq also performed well with the ball, his most noticeable stint was in the Coca-Cola Champions Trophy 1999 against Sri Lanka in Sharjah, October 1999. Pakistan were bowled out for 196, with Abdul Razzaq remaining not out on 7. However, Abdul Razzaq proved to be more than capable with his all round skills as he took his first five wicket haul, dismissing Romesh Kaluwitharana, Mahela Jayawardene, Suresh Perera, Chaminda Vaas and Chamara Silva to finish with match figures of 5/31, meaning that Sri Lanka were also bowled out for 196 resulting in a tied match, having once been at 157/2. Former captain Wasim Akrampraised Abdul Razzaq’s ability with the ball, citing that he was emerging to be one of the best all rounders in the world. Abdul Razzaq’s astonishing nine-ball spell, which he took four for nought helped snatch a tie from what seemed a certain Sri Lankan victory, finishing as the man of the match for his performance.[6]