abdul razzaq

Former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has made a bold prediction for the Babar Azam-led side. Razzaq, who is known for making controversial comments, has backed Pakistan to claim the first or second spot of ICC rankings across all formats, soon. He believes that the team can become the top-ranked side in the world in ODIs, Tests, and T20Is.

Captained by Babar Azam across all three formats, Pakistan have struggled to make a mark in ICC tournaments. Nonetheless, Abdul Razzaq feels that the team is on the right track for world domination, saying that Pakistan have improved significantly in all three departments — batting, bowling and fielding.

“We only have to look at the likes of South Africa, Australia, Sri Lanka, and England who are now in the middle of a similar rebuilding phase as us. We saw how South Africa are faring of late, so thankfully Pakistan is not at that stage and I am very happy that our batting, bowling and fielding has shown a marked improvement,” he told PakPassion.

“To me, the secret to reaching the first or second position in ICC’s rankings in all formats is to improve in all three facets, in much the same way as Australia was dominating all other teams about 20 years ago. I am hopeful that the way things are going, Pakistan will reach the first or second position in all formats very soon,” the 41-year-old added.

Pakistan currently holds the sixth spot in Test rankings, fifth in ODI rankings and fourth in the shortest format of the game. The team is currently in Zimbabwe to play three T20Is and 2 Tests. After winning the T20I series 2-1, Babar and Co. lead the Test series 1-0, with both the teams currently locking horns in the second Test at the Harare Sports Club.

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