Sports desk: Bangladesh’s experienced left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak needed some time to get back to reality as the surprise call-up for the upcoming opening Test against Sri Lanka was nothing short of a dream.
Bangladesh Cricket Board recalled veteran leg spinner, after overlooking him across formats for more than three years, as additional back-up for Shakib Al Hasan. Shakib was ruled out of the first Test after injuring his finger during the just-concluded ODI tri-series final in Dhaka on January 27.
Razzak is surely an able finger spinner as far as substituting Shakib in the bowling unit is concerned. But as the team management, under the leadership of former chief selector Faruk Ahmad and former coach Chandika Hathurusinghe, believed in the theory of introducing new blood instead of trusting old horses, Razzak could only hope for a comeback.
“Definitely it’s a matter of great joy for me. But I was quite surprised as I didn’t even think about it,’ Razzak said. “Despite hearing about it I was not sure what to do for some time. I had some talks with Akram bhai earlier. Mainly Sajeeb bhai[BCB official of logistic department] called me to inform about it,” he added.
“He called me after confirming my ticket and till then I didn’t know anything about it. I asked Sajeeb bhaiwhat was the actual purpose and then he congratulated me for the selection in the national side.
“Then [Minhazul Abedin] Nannu bhai called me and after that I was totally convinced about my selection in the team. Mainly I didn’t understand the situation at first. Sometimes you have some hope and you may be selected on that time. But it was not like that,” he said.
For Razzak, keeping his hope alive was the only way to survive among the new generation of cricketers. Not only did he have the self-belief that his time will come, he also backed it with numbers by shinning among his contemporaries.
The recall could have been on the back of Razzak recently becoming the first Bangladesh bowler to take 500 first-class wickets, leading this season’s wicket-takers’ list with 40 scalps in nine matches.
As a result, the 35-year-old has been drafted in despite having a modest Test record where he picked up just 23 wickets in 12 Tests. It also became imperative that Bangladesh needed some experienced campaigners to guide the slow bowlers who are comparatively short on exposure.
“I didn’t lose my hope really. If you don’t have any goal then you can’t play well in the domestic circuit,” he said. “Every player has goal to play for the national side. I also had the same intention. But to be honest, I didn’t expect it to happen like this way,” said Razzak. “When the luck favours you, only then you can make it to the side.
“I always have a simple plan – whenever I get chance, I try to play well. I didn’t try to make any big plans and I’m still trying not to do so,” he said.
Razzak added that his inclusion will inspire some tired legs to make one last attempt as it proves that if you are performing there will be opportunities at some point.
“I think now it can be taken as an example. Sometimes many young players also have the instinct of giving up after not getting chances for a while. I think no one should take it that way,” said Razzak. “If you perform regularly, you will be definitely called in to the side one day. You have to wait for that opportunity. 95 percent [people] thought that I may not able to make a comeback in the side. But I had the feeling that I would definitely play in the team one day,” he concluded.Cricbuzz.