Cricket-Rizwan sad with quantity 5 slot in Pakistan order


KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan stated he isn’t pleased with being pushed down the order to quantity 5 for the primary two One-Day Internationals in opposition to New Zealand and the wicketkeeper-batsman desires to maneuver again up a slot.

The 30-year-old has made the quantity 4 slot his personal since 2019, scoring each his ODI tons of at that place, however Shan Masood and Abdullah Shafique have been given the place within the opening two video games of the five-match collection.

Whereas Rizwan has excelled within the finisher’s position at 5, serving to his crew win each video games, he stated he didn’t wish to keep there.

“In case you ask me actually, I’m not blissful batting at quantity 5 (in ODIs), as a result of I wish to bat at quantity 4,” he advised a information convention on Monday.

“However it isn’t necessary that I get what I need.

“The captain and coach will do what they like. It’s my very own want to bat at quantity 4. However I’ve not complained to anybody.”

Rawalpindi hosted the primary two ODIs however the collection now switches to Karachi for the remaining three. The groups are scheduled to renew the collection with sport three on Wednesday.

New Zealand are with out injured captain Kane Williamson and a number of other frontline gamers collaborating within the Indian Premier League.

The vacationers additionally trailed the previous Twenty20 collection 2-0 earlier than combating again for a 2-2 draw and Rizwan stated Pakistan should not get complacent.

“We wish to neglect the previous, the great and the dangerous,” Rizwan stated.

“The circumstances and necessities in Rawalpindi had been totally different.

“We’ll assess and adapt and look to win the collection. That shall be our focus.”

(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; modifying by Peter Rutherford)

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