PSL 2023: Doull criticises Rizwan for playing slow

Rizwan scored 33 runs at a strike rate of 113.79

By Web Desk
March 15, 2023
Simon Doull (L) and Mohammad Rizwan (R) - Twitter/PCB

Former New Zealand's fast bowler Simon Doull, who is currently commentating in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 8, criticised Mohammad Rizwan for his slow batting approach during their qualifier match against Lahore Qalandars. 

Multan Sultans' skipper Rizwan opened batting with Usman Khan in the qualifying match on Wednesday at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. The right-handed batter scored 33 off 29 balls and got out in the 14th over. His innings included just three boundaries. 

"33 off 29 balls and he got out in 14th over. It's just not acceptable," Doull described Rizwan's innings during commentary. "He didn't hit a boundary in 10 overs. His last boundary was in third over of the match. You have got to take more risks there," he advised. 

Rizwan scored 33 at a strike rate of 113.79. 

Earlier, Doull suffered immense criticism after he raised questions on Babar Azam's strike rate. 

Babar scored his maiden PSL century against the Quetta Gladiators during this year's PSL. He finished with a 65-ball 115. He reached his fifty with a maximum, taking 32 balls, and 28 more to convert that into a ton.

While describing this inning of Babar, Doull questioned Babar's batting approach while completing his century. 

"The last little while, that’s all that has been happening rather than looking for boundaries still, when you’ve got so much firepower to come [Mohammad Haris, Haseebullah Khan and all-rounder Aamer Jamal were waiting in the wings]," he had said. “Hundreds are great, stats are brilliant, but it still must be team first," he added. 

These comments by Doull sparked outrage on social media with fans calling out the former cricketer for his views.