Kamran, Razzaq must say goodbye to international cricket following WC debacle: Butt

April 9th, 2011 - 1:34 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, April 9(ANI): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ijaz Butt has cast a shadow of doubt over the future of faltering wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal and all-rounder Abdul Razzaq by saying that both players should bid adieu to international cricket following their flop show in the ICC World Cup 2011.

The butter-fingered Kamran was dropped from Pakistan’s squad for the limited-overs series against West Indies on Wednesday following a spate of poor outings in the recently concluded World Cup.

Kamran’s repeated follies behind the stumps- including some vital dropped catches- cost Pakistan a lot during the mega event. Not only his keeping against India in the semi-final was untidy, he scored just 19 runs opening the Pakistan innings.

Although often dubbed as a match-winner, Razzaq also failed to impress in the 2011 World Cup both with bat and ball as he claimed only six wickets and managed to score just 104 runs in the tournament.

“I think the way these two performed it was very disappointing and a big let down. It is best for them to say goodbye to international cricket now,” the Daily Times quoted Butt, as saying.

The future of both Kamran and Razzaq lay in the hands of the national selectors now, he added.

Pakistan’s World Cup captain Afridi also failed miserably with the bat in the tournament, but became the leading wicket-taker with 21 dismissals.

Butt made it clear that Afridi would also have been dropped from the national team if he had not performed with the ball in the World Cup.

“But I think he (Afridi) showed his usefulness to the team by taking 21 wickets and deserves to be retained as captain,” he added.

The PCB chief, however, extended his support to Test captain Misbahul Haq, who came in for sharp criticism for his slow batting in the crucial World Cup semi-final against India, which led to Pakistan’s ouster from the tournament.

Butt informed that Misbah would continue to lead the national team in Test series against West Indies.

He also said that the PCB would soon be writing a letter to the government in a bid to restore bilateral cricket ties with India. (ANI)

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