Abdul Razzaq, the Pakistan all-rounder, is set to join the Pakistan Super League (PSL) establishment, Quetta Gladiators as their assistant and bowling coach. He replaces Ian Pont, the former Essex fast bowler.
The Englishman’s one-year contract wasn’t restored as Razzaq participate. While it was uplifting news for the previous Pakistan player, who took to Twitter to declare his new task, Ian Pont communicated his failure at not being told by the Quetta administration about the new advancement.
It is fascinating to check whether the Pakistan Cricket Board turn out to address the issue. Razzaq, who spoke to Pakistan in 46 Tests, 265 ODIs and 32 T20Is, will be relied upon to keep up the elevated expectations at Quetta, who completed the inaugural release as runners-up.
Pont however was a bit disappointed with how things unfolded.
“I do find it highly unprofessional not to have seen contacted by anyone from Quetta Gladiators about this beforehand, and only to discover the fact from a tweet by Abdul Razzaq who has been roped in as my replacement.
Worse still, it is extremely late for me to approach another franchise in the PSL and had I been told what Quetta was planning, I could have at least had the chances to do so. The PSL is a really good competition and it was Shahid Afridi who personally advised me to go into it. I hope it goes from strength to strength.”
The second release starts in February 2017, with the last booked to be held in Lahore, Pakistan.