Abdur Razzak (cricketer)

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Abdur Razzak
আব্দুর রাজ্জাক
Adbur Razzak bowling 2010.jpg
Personal information
Full name Abdur Razzak
Born (1982-06-15) 15 June 1982 (age 34)
Khulna, Bangladesh
Nickname Raj
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 45) 16 April 2006 v Australia
Last Test 8 February 2014 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 72) 16 July 2004 v Hong Kong
Last ODI 25 August 2014 v West Indies
Domestic team information
Years Team
2001–present Khulna Division
2008 Royal Challengers Bangalore
2013–present Rangpur Riders
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 12 153 68 216
Runs scored 245 779 1,791 1,247
Batting average 17.50 13.43 19.05 12.98
100s/50s 0/0 0/1 0/8 0/1
Top score 43 53* 83 53*
Balls bowled 2,817 7,965 16,265 11,158
Wickets 23 207 266 312
Bowling average 67.39 29.29 28.83 25.86
5 wickets in innings 0 4 11 6
10 wickets in match 0 0 4 n/a
Best bowling 3/93 5/29 9/84 7/17
Catches/stumpings 4/– 32/– 27/– 48/–
Source: espncricinfo, 04 March 2014

Abdur Razzak (Bengali: আব্দুর রাজ্জাক; born 15 June 1982) is a Bangladeshi cricketer, considered to be one of the best bowlers ever produced by the country. He made his first-class debut at Bangladeshi domestic level for Khulna Division in the 2001/02 season. Best known for being a tall left-arm orthodox spin bowler, he helped guide his division to the National Cricket Title in his maiden season. From there he was selected for Bangladesh A (training team for the full national squad) performing well against Zimbabwe A, including figures of 7 for 17 in one game in Dhaka.

Razzak was called into the Bangladesh national team for the 2004 Asia Cup One Day International tournament, making his debut against Hong Kong in July. He established himself as a regular fixture in the squad although he was not a regular in the starting eleven. He made his Test debut in the second Test of the Australian tour of Bangladesh in April 2006. Though he has played just nine Tests, he has been more successful in One Day Internationals (ODIs) and is Bangladesh's leading wicket-taker in the format.[1] He is the first Bangladeshi to take 200 wickets in ODI.


Test career[edit]

After impressing in one-day cricket, he was called up for his Test debut at home to Australia at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium. Bangladesh batted first and he recorded 15 in his first Test match innings. A decent start but he failed to take a wicket in Australia's only innings and he registered a golden duck in an innings defeat. His next test appearance took place a year afterwards against Sri Lanka where he got first test wicket having Chamara Silva caught. He got Graeme Smith in a Test against South Africa and he got his highest Test match score of 33 in both innings, once finishing unbeaten. In a Test match against New Zealand, he registered his highest Test match bowling figures of 3–93. This and the next Test in the series (subsequently his last so far) brought his bowling action into question.

Indian Premier League[edit]

Razzak was the only Bangladeshi to play in the 2008 Indian Premier League making him the first Bangladeshi to play the league. He was bought for $50,000 by the Royal Challengers Bangalore and played in only one match. Despite not playing often for the team, Razzak believed that the experience he gained from the tournament was important. He stated that Anil Kumble "was very helpful when I asked him about bowling in Test matches. He told me that given my bowling approach, it is very important to use variations within my line and length. Actually, captains would want a breakthrough from me so without using variations, wickets are hard to come by. Coach Venkatesh Prasad was also a great help".[2]


Following New Zealand's tour of Bangladesh in October 2008, Razzak was reported by umpires Daryl Harper and Asoka de Silva for having a "suspect bowling action". This was the second time in his career that he had been reported for his bowling action. A bowler is deemed to have thrown the ball if his arm bends by more than 15 degrees when delivering the ball. It had been expected that only Razzak's quicker ball was suspect and he would be disallowed from bowling it,[3] however tests showed that Razzak bends his arm by 22–28 degrees, usually averaging 25 degrees although his quicker ball was delivered at an average of 24 degrees. As a result, Razzak was suspended from international cricket, although he is allowed to bowl under supervision in domestic cricket, until he remodels his action.[4] In March 2009, the ICC lifted Razzak's suspension after he changed his bowling action; now both his stock delivery and faster ball are legal.[5]


In July 2009, on Bangladesh's tour of the West Indies, Razzak represented Bangladesh in international cricket for the first time since his suspension. Omitted from the Test squad, he was called up for the one-day series.[6] Razzak's performance in the first One Day International, for which he was awarded the man-of-the-match award, helped Bangladesh defeat the West Indies by 52 runs. He opened the bowling and took 4 wickets for 39 runs (4/39) against a West Indies side weakened by disputes between the players and the West Indies Cricket Board.[7][8] He finished as Bangladesh's leading wicket-taker in the three match series, with 7 wickets at 22.85, however he was injured in the final match. The hamstring strain he sustained while batting ruled him out of Bangladesh's tour of Zimbabwe in August 2009.[9] By the time Zimbabwe toured Bangladesh for a five-match ODI series in October and November 2009, Razzak had recovered from his injury and was included in the Bangladesh squad.[10] He took 15 wickets in the series which Bangladesh won 4–1 and was named Man of the Series.[11]

At the start of November 2010, the BCB announced 16 central contracts. Razzak was one of six players in the top level.[12] He was included in Bangladesh's 15-man squad for the 2011 World Cup.[13] Zimbabwe returned to Test cricket in August 2011 with a one-off match against Bangladesh. Bangladesh lost the match, their first Test since touring England in June the previous year, with Razzak taking two wickets for 106 runs.[14][15] In the subsequent five-match ODI series, Razzak was the least successful of the bowlers to deliver 20 overs or more taking two wickets in four matches as Bangladesh lost the series 3–2.[16] When the West Indies toured in October he went wicketless in the ODI series and was subsequently dropped from the Test squad.[17][18] Razzak responded by taking his best bowling figures in first-class cricket (8/123). His match haul of 15/193 against Barisal Division were the best in the history of the National Cricket League, breaking the record set three years previously by Elias Sunny, the bowler who had replaced Razzak in the Test team.[19][20]


On 28 March 2013 he took 5 wickets against Sri Lanka in the 3rd ODI and became the 1st Bangladeshi bowler who took 200 wickets in ODI.[21] On 5 May 2013, at the 2nd ODI between Zimbabwe in Bulawayo, he scored his maiden half-century with 53* runs. At the same time, he achieved quickest half-century in cricket history of Bangladesh.[22] But his team was defeated by 6 wickets.


  1. ^ Records / Bangladesh / One-Day Internationals / Most wickets, Cricinfo, retrieved 2011-10-24 
  2. ^ Experience was more important than money – Razzak, Cricinfo, 31 May 2008, retrieved 2009-07-08 
  3. ^ Razzak reported for suspect action, Cricinfo, 30 October 2008, retrieved 2008-12-19 
  4. ^ Razzak suspended from bowling in international cricket, Cricinfo, 1 December 2008, retrieved 2008-12-19 
  5. ^ ICC lifts Razzak's suspension, Cricinfo, 12 March 2009, retrieved 2009-03-21 
  6. ^ Razzak joins ODI squad, Cricinfo, 18 July 2009, retrieved 2009-07-27 
  7. ^ Talya, Siddhartha (26 July 2009), Razzak, Shakib seal Bangladesh win, Cricinfo, retrieved 2009-07-27 
  8. ^ Talya, Siddhartha (25 July 2009), Bangladesh look to build on Test success, Cricinfo, retrieved 2009-07-27 
  9. ^ Razzak ruled out of Zimbabwe series, Cricinfo, 2 August 2009, retrieved 2009-08-06 
  10. ^ Injured Mortaza out of Zimbabwe ODIs, Cricinfo, 22 October 2009, retrieved 2009-11-07 
  11. ^ We have great balance now – Shakib Al Hasan, Cricinfo, 5 November 2009, retrieved 2009-11-07 
  12. ^ Ashraful handed top-level central contract, Cricinfo, 1 November 2010, retrieved 2011-02-04 
  13. ^ Mashrafe Mortaza not in World Cup squad, Cricinfo, 19 January 2011, retrieved 2011-02-04 
  14. ^ Uncapped Nasir, Shuvagoto in squad for Zimbabwe, Cricinfo, 15 July 2011, retrieved 2011-07-15 
  15. ^ f53313 t2002 Zimbabwe v Bangladesh: Bangladesh in Zimbabwe 2011 (Only Test), CricketArchive, retrieved 2011-10-24 
  16. ^ Records / Bangladesh in Zimbabwe ODI Series, 2011 / Most wickets, Cricinfo, retrieved 2011-10-24 
  17. ^ Records / West Indies in Bangladesh ODI Series, 2011/12 / Most wickets, Cricinfo, retrieved 2011-10-24 
  18. ^ Razzak dropped for West Indies Tests; Shafiul injured, Cricinfo, 18 October 2011, retrieved 2011-10-24 
  19. ^ Islam, Mohammad (26 October 2011), Abdur Razzak's record-haul leads Khulna to win, Cricinfo, retrieved 2011-10-26 
  20. ^ Ashraful must perform to play – Law, Cricinfo, 19 October 2011, retrieved 2011-10-19 
  21. ^ www.dailyprimenews.com
  22. ^ espncricinfo, Career-best added bonus for Williams, retrieved: 6 May 2013

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