Razzaq recovers, announces availability for SA tour

Published: Sunday, November 24, 2002, 22:17 [IST]
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Karachi: Pakistan's hopes for success during next month's South African tour received a boost on Sunday with all-rounder Abdul Razzaq announcing his availability after recovering from a wrist injury.

"I have recovered fully from my wrist fracture and the temporary plaster will be removed on Monday before I start bowling in the nets," Razzaq said. Pakistan's squad for the two-Test and five-match one-day international series will be announced on Friday. The team is due to arrive in Johannesburg on December 2 from Zimbabwe where it is currently playing a One-day series. It plays its first One-day International at Durban on December 8. Razzaq's left wrist was fractured when he was hit by a delivery from Australian pacer Brett Lee during the second Test in Sharjah last month. "Missing international cricket has been more painful than the injury and I just can't wait to get back into action," said Razzaq, who also plays for English county Middlesex. Razzaq, with 23 Tests and 114 One-day Internationals under his belt, is a key player for Pakistan. The chairman of Pakistan's selectors, Wasim Bari, said Razzaq had informed him of his availability. Pakistan's top wicket-keeper Rashid Latif has also recovered from a neck injury after missing Pakistan's series against Zimbabwe.

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