Veteran left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak did not expect to get a sudden call-up but also informed that he will embrace the opportunity with both arms if he gets the chance to play the first of two Test matches against Sri Lanka in the port city’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Cricket Stadium Wednesday.
“Definitely it’s a matter of great joy for me. But I was quite surprised as I didn’t even think about it. Despite hearing about the matter, I was not sure what to do for a certain amount of time. But I didn’t lose my hope really. If you don’t have any goal then you can’t play well in the domestic circuit. 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 this way,” said Razzak to the media during practice Monday.
“I think now it can be taken as an example. Sometimes many young players also have the instinct of giving up after not getting chance for a while. I think none should take it like that. If you perform regularly, you will be definitely called in the side one day. You have to wait for that opportunity and counting the time is really a difficult thing, which has happened with me,” he added.
Razzak has played 12 Tests in his career taking 23 wickets. The last time the experienced cricketer played the longest format of the game was against Sri Lanka in 2014. That Test had also taken place in Chittagong.
Recently, Razzak achieved a milestone, becoming the first Bangladeshi to claim 500 wickets in first-class cricket. Razzak admitted he dreamt about returning to the national team one day and that finally, his hard work has paid off.
“Ninety five percent of the people thought I may not be able to make a comeback in the side. But I had the feeling that I would definitely play in the team one day. This is a part of life, part of cricket. Every work has both good and bad times. Sometimes luck will favour you, sometimes not. I am taking it positively. I will try to play well. It’s not for [Chandika] Hathurusingha, it will be for Bangladesh cricket, if I get the opportunity,” said Razzak.