Asia Cup 2022: Mohammad Rizwan fit to play remainder of Asia Cup, says Pakistan Head Coach
Asia Cup 2022: Pakistan head coach Saqlain Mushtaq has said that wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan, who had suffered an injury in his knee during the Super Four match with India, has been cleared by the medical team to play in the remaining matches of the tournament.
Saqlain told the media that Rizwan is fit and a replacement is not required at the moment. “These things happen, Pakistan is not that far from UAE, if we have such a situation we can call backup but there’s no need as of now. Rizwan’s workload is a lot and we will look to manage it. For now, the medical team has given him the green signal,” said the legendary spinner.
When discussing the team’s plan for the game against India, he mentioned that the team decided to attack the opposition’s strengths in batting and bowling in order to cause the most harm.
“There are strategies in which you attack the main bowler or batsman as that jolts the flow of the team. India was clear on the strategy and came with a positive attitude but our bowlers bowled well with an attacking mindset and kept taking wickets. Our captain kept an attacking mindset and was successful. Bhuvneshwar attacked as he had bowled well earlier and important to take him on and our batters executed it well.”
Fakhar Zaman’s performance in the game was justified by Pakistan’s head coach, who noted that he is a seasoned match performer. Hasan Ali is a crucial member of the team, although he was also cited as needing a break to handle the burden.
“Fakhar is a warrior type of person, his past performances speak of it, he is a match winner. And we have no doubt over him and he will return performances. Hassan Ali has been the world number one in the white ball format and has performed well with red ball as well for us. He is with us and due to the rest policy he was given rest but he is a proven match winner and will use him when required,” said the former player.
The head coach of Pakistan also discussed how his team will approach the game against Afghanistan.
“We cannot write off any team in T20, especially Afghanistan. The way they have played cricket and registered two wins in the first stage beating Sri Lanka and Bangladesh is incredible.”
Appreciating the Pakistan captain and defending him for his low scores in the Asia Cup so far, he said:
“Babar is a world-class player, he has not scored in the past 2-3 matches but we don’t have any doubts regarding him”.
“His performance has been not an issue for us. We do not listen to outside noise and we don’t need to change anything, either Babar’s position or the team’s.”
The former spinner praised Virat Kohli’s performance in the Asia Cup. And added that the Indian batter’s return to form makes him happy because he is a seasoned player.
Crediting Mohammad Nawaz for his performance he said:
” Nawaz’s performance is not a surprise as he has been performing consistently in domestic cricket. Imad was there in the team and hence he wasn’t getting opportunities.”
Talking about the team’s chances of winning the Asia Cup, he said:
“T20 is unpredictable, dressing room environment is important, on and off the field we have good vibes. The boys are enjoying and we are hopeful that we will win playing the best cricket.”
On Wednesday at the Sharjah Stadium, the fourth game of the Aisa Cup’s Super Four stage will feature Afghanistan vs. Pakistan. The game is important for Afghanistan because they lost their first encounter against Sri Lanka. And a defeat here might end their campaign. In the Super Four matches, Afghanistan positioned fourth.
Pakistan will attempt to maintain its momentum. In order to secure its place in the Asia Cup final over a victory against Afghanistan. With two points from one game, Pakistan presently ranked second.