Mohammad Rizwan, Pakistan’s wicket-keeper batter, has disclosed that Pakistani and Indian cricketers desire to play each other more regularly, but that they have no influence over state-level events.
“At the lower level, the cricketers of Pakistan and India desire to play against one other,” Rizwan told the media before the much-anticipated series. “However, state-level events are beyond our control.”
The Pakistan-India bilateral series has been in the news for years, but the Board of Control for Cricket in India has yet to respond positively due to the Indian government’s intervention in the board’s activities.
In response to a question about Mohammad Haris’ presence in the team, Rizwan claimed that Haris is a very talented wicket-keeper batter and that if they earn a spot in the XI, the team should include not just one, but five wicket-keepers.
Rizwan, who was awarded the ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Year for 2021, also lauded Pakistan’s bowling squad, adding that they have the best bowlers and that it makes him happy when English players compliment them.
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The wicket-keeper batsman also addressed the sweltering weather forecast for the next series, saying that while it is true that the weather would be hot, they have been used to it since they were under 19, and there should be no problems.
“I chatted to Pujara about cricket and learned a lot from him,” Rizwan said of his relationship with India’s Cheteshwar Pujara during the County Championship.
Rizwan has played 55 T20Is for Pakistan, scoring 1,639 runs at an average of 51.21, including a century and 13 half-centuries. He was awarded a Wisden Cricketer of the Year as well as the ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Year in 2021.