Monday 20 August 2007 

Razzaq Announces Retirement As Farhat Joins ICL

Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has announced he is to retire from international cricket, just days after he was left out of Pakistan's Twenty20 World Cup squad.

Talking to Pakistan's Geo TV, he said, "They dropped me from the Twenty20 World Cup squad and I was very upset and disappointed. But none of them bothered to call me up and tell me why I was dropped.

"Their attitude has hurt and disappointed me a lot which is why I have decided to retire from international cricket," he added.

Razzaq, 27, represented Pakistan in 46 Tests and 105 one-day internationals, as well as two Twenty20 Internationals, although this was not enough in the eyes of the selectors to include him for the upcoming tournament in South Africa.

Meanwhile, opener Imran Farhat has confirmed he is to join the ICL, with Razzaq, who has also signed a short term contract to play with Worcestershire for the remainder of the county season, among a number of other players rumoured to be also joining the Twenty20 tournament.

"Yes I have formally signed a contract with the organisers of the Indian league but I would still love to play for my country," Farhat explained.

"I am not happy at the way the selectors have treated me. They have not made selections on merit and I had no option but to think of my future," he added.

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