Rizwan doesn’t blame anyone for missing PSL matches

Multan became champions in 2021 under his leadership

By Web Desk
February 07, 2023
Rizwan is one of the best T20 players in the world at the moment — PCB

Multan Sultans captain Mohammad Rizwan doesn’t blame anyone for missing the Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches during the initial seasons of the tournament.

Rizwan, who led his side to the title in 2021, shared these thoughts ahead of PSL 8, which begins on February 13 in Multan.

It must be noted that Rizwan played for Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings, before joining Multan, but didn't get many opportunities to showcase his talent. 

“I missed few matches in the early part of the PSL, but I will not blame anyone. It is all part of the game as each side has its own strategy and game plan, but I am now giving importance to each match I play so that I can make up for the lost time,” Rizwan told the PCB Podcast on Tuesday.

“Captaincy and batting can be challenging, but we have a good group of people who have not only empowered me but also back and support me so that I can strike the right balance and continue to give my best,” he added.

He also opened up about the challenge of facing some of Pakistan’s best bowlers in the PSL.

“It is always challenging to face Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf and Hasan Ali. And this doesn’t only apply to me but to all the batters as they are seriously quick and effective bowlers with plenty of variety. But it works both ways as we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Having said that, they have a slight advantage as they have more opportunities to stage a comeback and dismiss the batters, but they are difficult bowlers for all batters across the globe,” he said.

The opening ceremony of PSL 8 will be held in Multan on February 13 prior to the tournament opener between 2021 winners Multan Sultans and defending champions Lahore Qalandars; meanwhile the closing ceremony and final will be played on March 19 in Lahore, which will also host play-offs.

Lahore Qalandars will attempt to become the first side to win back-to-back titles; meanwhile Islamabad United will aim to become the most successful side by lifting the trophy thrice.

Rawalpindi will stage 11 fixtures, Karachi and Lahore will host nine matches each, whereas Multan will have five home games.