Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq announced his international retirement four years after his last game for Pakistan.
Razzaq last played an international match in a T20I against South Africa 4 years ago in 2013. The 37 year olds last One Day International was in 2011 and last Test was match was almost over a decade ago. The all-rounder, after retiring, admitted that he stopped playing for Pakistan as he was “tired of all the internal politics”. Razzaq admitted that if he didn’t give up on his spot in the team, he could have earned his place back in the side and continued playing.
Speaking about his decision to announce his retirement, Razzaq told The Express Tribune: “A time comes when every player has to retire and I think this is the right time for me to do so. I have been out of cricket for the past three to four years, so it is really difficult to make a comeback now.”
He also said that all the players he played with in his days – Shahid Afridi, Misbah (ul-Haq), Younis (Khan) and Mohammad Yousuf — have retired. His announcement was merely a formality.
Razzaq made his international debut in 1996 and played for Pakistan in 343 matches across all formats. The 37-year-old made his ODI debut in 1996 against Zimbabwe and went on to play 265 matches and score over 5,000 runs at an average of nearly 30 and picked up nearly 270 wickets at an economy rate of under 4.7.
He played his first Test for Pakistan in 1999 and went on to play 46 matches in the format. However, he was most effective in limited overs cricket. He represented Pakistan in 32 T20Is, including his final international match, against South Africa at Dubai on 15 November 2013.
The veteran will continue to play first-class games for Sui Northern Gas Pipelines and continue to be Quetta Gladiators’ assistant coach.