Monday Mar 16, 2020
Out-of-favour Karachi Kings cricketer Mohammad Rizwan on Sunday took a veiled dig at franchise management, including captain Imad Wasim, saying that he had no idea why he was not given ample opportunities in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 despite him being the number one wicketkeeper for Pakistan at international level.
"Why I didn't get enough chance? I think you should ask the captain that,” Rizwan said in a tone that had a hint of resentment.
Rizwan seemed particularly annoyed by the fact that even in the matches he was picked, he wasn’t sent out to bat higher up.
“I was told that I am the top-order batsman and that they needed a wicket-keeper batsman who could feature in the lower order. But when I was included in the final XI, I didn't get a chance in the top order," he said.
It is pertinent to mention that the Kings preferred Chadwick Walton over Rizwan, who got only two matches in the league stages of the event.
He didn't get to bat against Zalmi and faced just one ball when he came to bat at 6 against Quetta Gladiators.
Wasim, the Kings skipper, was also asked about not picking Rizwan previously, and he too had gotten annoyed with the question, suggesting that Rizwan was a misfit in his team's combination.
"I am the regular keeper of the Pakistan cricket team in all three formats and everyone knows that but franchise cricket is different," Rizwan rued.
He said that other keepers competing with him for the national slot were given enough opportunities by their franchises unlike him.