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Rizwan ‘not happy’ with new batting position but remains committed to team’s cause

KARACHI: Mohammad Rizwan has recently emerged as a capable finisher for Pakistan in One-day Internationals, finishing up the team’s successful chases in the first two matches of the ongoing five-match series against New Zealand.

The right-hander, on the other hand, is dissatisfied with his new batting position.

So far, the captain and coach’s decision to make a change has paid off, according to the batter. Rizwan remained unbeaten despite being dropped down to number five in the batting order, helping Pakistan reach the finish line against the Black Caps with quick-fire runs of 42 and 54 to give the hosts a 2-0 lead.

“I’m not happy playing at number five, and I’d rather play at number four,” Rizwan stated at a news conference prior of the teams’ practice sessions at National Stadium on Monday. “But that’s irrelevant. It is not required for me to obtain what I desire.”

The 30-year-old stated that he wanted to remain loyal to his captain and coach and that he did not want to convey his concerns to club management.

“Whatever the captain and coach think is right, they will do it,” he stated. “I’ve made many sacrifices in the past, and I’m willing to make more if the coach and captain require it.”

“Throughout my domestic and club career, I have played at number four. In reality, I’ve played at number eight for Pakistan.

“But that doesn’t mean I’ll demand playing time at my preferred position from the coach.” I’ll attempt to play accordingly to whatever suits them.”

Pakistan are currently in a strong position to establish an unassailable lead in the one-day series as it moves from Rawalpindi to Karachi, but blowing a 2-0 lead in the recent five-match T20 series will weigh heavily on the hosts’ minds as they face the visitors in the third match here on Wednesday.

Rizwan believes the national team can evaluate their past performances but cannot linger on them. The batter stated that he and his teammates would like to focus on the future obstacles.

“Every match is important for us,” he explained. “We prefer forgetting what happened in the past, whether we did well or not, because the conditions and requirements were different at Pindi Stadium.”

“Over here [in Karachi], different things are going to happen, so it’s about moving on from the past after assessing our performances and trying to win what’s at hand.”

Rizwan stated that Pakistan is responding to the changes in the modern game and that batsmen are looking for huge scores in every match. The Peshawar-born batter, on the other hand, was apprehensive of the environmental influences.

“Pitches can be different at times,” he admitted. “We saw targets of 240-250 being chased in the PSL at Pindi, but that changed once we switched to the international standard.”

“Our primary concern is that conditions be assessed.” We are attempting to score 300-350 points based on how one-day cricket has evolved, but it is also true that conditions play a role. We only lost and won matches at 260-270 [in the previous series] in Karachi.”

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