Razzaq wants to retire after 2012 Twenty20 World Cup

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Karachi, Jan 14 (PTI) Pakistan''s seasoned allrounderAbdul Razzaq has said that he wants to retire frominternational cricket next year after the Twenty20 World Cup.

Razzaq, 31, said he is keen to call it quits while stillat the top of his game.

"It is something I have been thinking about for a whilenow and I intend to retire after the T20 World Cup 2012," saidRazzaq.

Razzaq, who has been an integral part of the Pakistaniteam, said retirement is always a tough decision for anysenior player but form and fitness becomes a concern.

"Looking at my form and fitness, I see myself walkingaway after the 2012 World Twenty20. During this time I wouldtry to finish my career on a high, which is very important forme so. I would like to give as much as I can to my country,"Razzaq told ''Express Tribune'' in an interview.

He added playing for Pakistan had always been a bighonour for him.

"I am playing because I believe I have cricket left inme. I want to win the World Cup for the country beforeretirement. And considering my current form I feel I will beable to do well for Pakistan in the tournament."

Razzaq, who has played 248 ODIs taking 259 wickets andscoring 4,921 runs, had earlier announced his internationalretirement in August 2007 to protest his snub by the selectorsfrom the inaugural World Twenty20 championship over his poorform.

He then joined the unofficial Indian Cricket League(ICL), for which he was banned for about two years. ''

Razzaq, however, made a comeback in the T20 World Cup inEngland and contributed significantly to Pakistan''s liftingthe trophy. He came up with a superb bowling performance inthe final against Sri Lanka.

Since then, the allrounder has been a regular feature inthe Pakistan limited-overs team and although his bowling isnot as threatening, he has played two match-winning inningsthis year.

Razzaq said despite so many years in internationalcricket that has led to a lot of wear and tear, he wasconfident that he could only get better.

"I am currently fully fit and I''ll give my 100 per centto Pakistan cricket," Razzaq said.

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