Ex-Test cricketer Abdul Razzaq disclosed that former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s chairman Naseem Ashraf influenced his ouster from the national team before T20 World Cup in 2007.
Speaking exclusively in ARY News’ program ‘Bouncer‘, Razzaq revealed that Ashraf didn’t like him.
“Unfortunately, I wasn’t fit before World Cup 2007 and missed the event,” he shared. “Right after the World Cup, I got fit to play but remained unpicked for T20 World Cup. I went to the then captain Shoaib Malik to ask the reason but he referred me to the chief selector Salahuddin Sallo. Sallo Bhai said the decision to drop me was taken by the board,” he recalled.
When asked by the host if someone intentionally dropped him from the team before the mega event, the former all-rounder said, “I think the then chairman Naseem Ashraf didn’t like me.”. The host further inquired why Ashraf didn’t like him, the cricketer-turned-coach replied, “I don’t know why. In fact, he was with the team for two years before becoming PCB chairman and I always had a good interaction with him, reason for disliking me is still unknown.”
To a query about writing a book on events and incidents that happened during his career, Razzaq refused. “I don’t have any mood to write a book. I believe you have to write all the facts in a book. If I write a book, all the truth will come out and that truth will be intolerable,” he maintained.