Former Pakistan’s allrounder, Abdul Razzaq believes that if Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) involves experienced cricketers like him to nurture young talent then there is no reason why Pakistan cannot produce quality fast bowling allrounders.
Abdul Razzaq, who joined Quetta Gladiators as a coach recently, talked to Pak Passion, “The Pakistan Cricket Board needs to seek out former cricketers like myself to help in this regard. If we were allowed to work with players at the Under-14, Under-16 and Under-18 levels then there is no reason why we cannot produce genuine pace-bowling allrounders.”
Razzaq, who is starting off his career as a coach, eyes to produce pace bowling allrounders for the country as Pakistan previously had in shape of himself and Azhar Mehmood.
“As a coach, one of my aims is to help Pakistan produce some great pace-bowling all-rounders once again. The issue why we are not producing such players is down to the system. I believe that we need coaches in Pakistan who aren’t going through the motions and just doing their job day to day. Instead, we need people who have the ambition to produce world-class cricketers,“ told the veteran allrounder.
The 37-year old highlighted that there is immense talent in the country, but, the system needs people who can identify the potential and then cherish it.
“The talent is there, the question that needs asking is what are the coaches in Pakistan doing for that talent. You need people who can spot the talent and have a keen eye for talent and how to nurture it. There needs to be a belief in the system and in the players, where they know that their talent and skills will be developed,” he further said.
On a question about expectations from Pakistan team in Australia, the hard-hitting batsman seemed positive.
“I definitely have high hopes,” he said about Pakistan’s tour to Australia. “Australia aren’t the team they used to be and despite the setback in New Zealand, Pakistan is not a bad Test team.”
“I think the wickets in Australia will be truer than the ones Pakistan encountered in New Zealand and the wickets should be more to the liking of the Pakistanis. The ball comes onto the bat nicely in Australia and that should encourage the Pakistan batsmen to play more positively,” he further told.
“I’m hopeful that Pakistan can challenge Australia and win at least one Test there,” he concluded.