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"I'm Making My Debut Again"

In 1994, he announced his retirement from cricket on grounds he never disclosed but which were said to be related to the influence of betting syndicates on players. Back as captain after a brief stint in the Pak squad in 1996, he talks to Outlook abo

"I'm Making My Debut Again"
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Are we seeing a new Rashid now? One free from controversy?
The past is forgotten now. It's as if I am beginning my career anew. I have come into the team after 18 months with a new longing. It's as if I am making my debut over again.

What is the brief given by the PCB?
That's very confidential.

Do you think cricket is still a prey to outside influences of the kind that you have spoken against?
Please don't drag me into any fresh controversy. I am a simple man and don't know how to be clever with words. I would rather not comment.

It will be difficult to replace bowlers of the calibre of Wasim and Waqar, specially on the coming South African tour?
We hope that Wasim gets fit quickly and Waqar comes back to form. Our spinners might not get helpful tracks in South Africa. But you see, we are in the process of building a side now. I will also try to adjust Moin Khan at number 6 as a batsman.

What do you think about India's bowling attack?
It's weak apart from Srinath. Harvinder and Mohanty might develop into good one-day bowlers but definitely not Test bowlers. But Srinath has definitely improved, he has different lines for the old and the new ball. Bahutule is only going to be good in the subcontinent.

Saqlain seems to be going from strength to strength?
He is a bowler who can bowl the last over on any kind of pitch.

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