No pressure on me due to Sarfaraz’s presence in the team: Rizwan


Derby: Wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan has affirmed that he feels no pressure due to former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed’s presence in the team.

Rizwan and Sarfaraz are in the 29-member squad for the tour of England. Due to a long tour, the selection committee decided to select both of them.

“Sarfaraz Ahmed’s presence creates an atmosphere of competition between both of us. I feel no pressure due to him being in the side,” Rizwan said while talking to reporters from Derby.

“There’s always two-wicket keepers whenever the team is traveling on a big tour. I am myself a big fan of Sarfaraz and try to learn from him as much I can,” he added.

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The 28-year-old emphasized the importance of having a permanent batting spot but at the higher level, playing and performing at any number should matter the most.

“Wicket-keeper batsman has to be on his toes if the situation demands to bat up or lower down the order. It’s a different kind of job, however, I am ready to bat at any position for my team,” he maintained.

Rizwan hailed the facilities provided by the English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as they are here to train and focus on cricket. “In these difficult times of COVID-19, best facilities are being provided in England. If a player wants to put extra effort at nets, he can do it at any time,” he added.

Rizwan revealed that he doesn’t use any social media platforms, accept from Whatsapp which is a text and voice messaging app. “I don’t use social media accept from Whatsapp, whether I am on the tour or not. So, I don’t know about the criticism I received on it,” he added.

It must be noted that Rizwan played two unbeaten knocks in the first intra-squad practice match where he scored 54 and 100 not-out.

Pakistan will play three matches Test series against England from August 5. Green shirts will play three T20Is on August 28, 30 and September 1, respectively.

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