‘Coaches, selectors wanted me to bat as opener in National T20 Cup’ says Rizwan


Rawalpindi: Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan has revealed that his promotion up the order for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was due to the instructions given to him by High-Performance Center (HPC) coaches and the national selectors.

He further revealed in a video released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that KP head coach Abdul Razzaq told him to bat as an opener at the start of the National T20 Cup and he is happy that he has performed throughout.

“I am enjoying my new role as an opener because we had to drop someone who was a regular part of the side. High-Performance coaches, selectors and head coach Razzaq gave me a plan at the start of the competition as they wanted to see me for the future,” he said.

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Rizwan led KP to the final of the National T20 Cup after beating Sindh in the second semifinal by eight wickets. They will face Southern Punjab, who stunned defending champions Northern in the first semifinal.

“They (Southern Punjab) were losing regularly at the start of the competition but they have shifted the moment completely. They have gelled nicely as a team but we are also confident after today’s win. An interesting final will be up for grabs,” he concluded.

It must be noted that the 28-year-old has been in the red hot form in the competition. He has scored 364 runs at an average of 40.44 with a strike rate of 132.84. Rizwan has smashed four fifty+ scores with a high score of 99*.

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