Two of the grand old men of Pakistan Cricket are using this weekend’s Abu Dhabi T20 as a platform to relaunch their careers.
Abdul Razzaq and Imran Nazir are representing Lahore Qalandars, Yorkshire’s first opponents under lights at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium tomorrow night.
The pair have almost 500 international caps between them, but have been out of all cricket for a number of years, with Nazir suffering from arthritis.
While all-rounder Razzaq, who has faded out of the game since making his international appearance in 2013, has returned to domestic cricket within the last month, batsman Nazir has not played any pro cricket since 2014.
“The last four years were a nightmare,” said Nazir, 36-years-old.
“But I’ve forgotten those nightmares now and want to start a new phase of my life.
“I’ll try my best to entertain the fans the way I used to. I’m thankful to Lahore for this opportunity.”
Razzaq, 38, is set to captain the Qalandars this weekend.
He said: “It’s a good platform for me to show I’m still capable of what cricket I used to play three or four years back. I’ll try my best to display attacking skills.
“It’s an advantage to me that I’ve played in Abu Dhabi before.”
Neither player is aiming for a return to international cricket, although competitions such as the Pakistan Super League early next year are on their agenda.
Lahore have struggled to make an impact on the PSL.
But they will be a dangerous opponent given they have called upon New Zealand fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan, Sri Lanka all-rounder Nuwan Kulasekara and powerful Sussex opener Phil Salt as overseas players.