Wizened, 27-year-old, schizophrenic batsman cum solid, dependable bowler, Abdul Razzaq, has retired from international cricket.
There are two ways of looking at this. The first way is to say that he’s had a big barny with the Pakistani cricket board.
This might have started because he was talking to the upstart Indian 20 over league causing him to be dropped from Pakistan’s Twenty20 World Cup squad, or maybe Razzaq’s been talking to the breakaway Indian Cricket League as a result of being dropped from Pakistan’s Twenty20 World Cup squad.
Either way, it’s just one of those intermittent tiffs that Pakistan players have with their board and he’ll be welcomed back with open arms before the week’s out.
The second way of looking at it is to say that the same thing’s happened as above, only Abdul Razzaq is never in a million years 27, he’s far, far older and has therefore genuinely retired. If we’re older than Abdul Razzaq, then Geoff Boycott’s a sit-on-the-fence, indecisive southerner who can take a joke.
On the subject of Boycott, if Razzaq truly has retired it’s only right that we laud him in some way and for us, the defining characteristic of Abdul Razzaq’s cricket is his unique ability to bat like Geoff Boycott’s even-more-boring twin in Test cricket, yet miraculously transform into an over-caffeinated Shahid Afridi in one-day cricket.