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Razzaq in trouble over Hafeez criticism

AFP
Oct 09, 2012 at 10:01pm IST

Karachi: Pakistan cricket chiefs on Tuesday ordered veteran all-rounder Abdul Razzaq to explain himself after he publicly criticised skipper Mohammed Hafeez for dropping him for the World Twenty20 semifinal.

The 32-year-old was replaced by fast bowler Sohail Tanveer for Pakistan's semi-final defeat against Sri Lanka last week, a decision which Hafeez said was unanimous.

But when the team returned to Pakistan on Saturday, Razzaq blasted the captain for acting alone.

Razzaq in trouble over Hafeez criticism

The 32-year-old was replaced by fast bowler Sohail Tanveer for Pakistan's semi-final defeat against Sri Lanka last week, a decision which Hafeez said was unanimous.

"I was disappointed sitting outside while the team was losing the match," Razzaq said.

"I know the team management didn't drop me, it was Hafeez who left me out. He should speak up and admit his decision."

Pakistan Cricket Board spokesman Nadeem Sarwar said Razzaq had breached the player's code of conduct, which forbids players from speaking to the media without prior permission from the board.

"Razzaq has violated the code of conduct and we have served him a show-cause notice. He has seven days to answer the notice," Sarwar said.

Razzaq made 22 in Pakistan's Super Eights match in the World Twenty20, his only appearance in the tournament.

West Indies beat hosts Sri Lanka in the final on Sunday to lift the trophy.

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