Pakistan cricketer Abdul Razzaq has revealed the reason behind his absence from the 2007 T20 World Cup. The former all-rounder stated that he was not for the fifty-over World Cup in 2007 but he had no such issues before the T20 World Cup in the same year. When he asked the then Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik about his omission, he was directed to the chief selector, Salahuddin Sallo.
Sallo told Razzaq that the decision to drop him from the national side was taken by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
“Unfortunately, I wasn’t fit before World Cup 2007 and missed the event. 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,” said Razzaq according to ARYSports.
He further added that the then PCB chairman, Naseem Ashraf, was not fond of him.
“I think the then chairman Naseem Ashraf didn’t like me. I don’t know why (he dropped me). 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.”