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Pak vs Aus: Mohammad Rizwan’s defends Pakistan’s strategy on first day

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KARACHI: Pakistan cricket team’s vice-captain and wicket-keeper batter Mohammad Rizwan has defended Pakistan’s strategy on the first day’s play during the second Test against Australia at Karachi’s National Stadium.

Australia finished day one with 251-3 on board. They were 63 for no loss after the first hour and 100-2 at lunch but then could only 151 runs and lost one more wicket in the next two sessions.

Pakistan’s bowling strategy came under criticism and was termed negative by many.

However, Rizwan said that it can’t be termed negative.

“You can’t call it negative strategy, we did what we thought is in the best interest of the team. Australia took maximum advantage of the situation after winning the toss in the first session and we had to restrict the pace of their scoring,” Rizwan told journalists after the end of the first day.

“You plan session by session in Test cricket, Smith’s wicket took us back in-game. We will try to get them out as early as possible tomorrow and then post a big score on board,” the Pakistani vice-captain said.

Rizwan agreed that batting in the 4th innings would not be easy and it will be a challenge for Pakistan to chase here.

“Australia won the toss and they took the advantage, the wicket will start turning soon and I am very much hopeful of a result in Karachi Test,” he said.

Replying to a question, Rizwan said that he is fully fit and there’s no injury concern.

“Wicket keepers do get hit on fingers regularly, so that’s not a big deal, we have to endure small hits on fingers. There’s no injury concern and I am fully fit,” the wicket-keeper batter said.

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Leus du Plooy asserts, “There is a lot of talent in Pakistan.”

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Du Plooy shared details on his first-ever PSL playing experience with the media following the game.

“Even though this is my first visit, Mickey Arthur has taught me a lot about PSL.” Being a part of it is an incredible experience, and I think this league is fantastic,” Du Plooy said.

“I am astounded to see the local talent here after facing some of the net bowlers,” he continued.

In addition, Du Plooy took responsibility for his team’s errors following their defeat by Islamabad United and thanked Colin Munro for his criticism.

“In Karachi, the pitch gets harder in the middle overs and it’s easier to play in the powerplay, but we were unable to take advantage of the conditions.”

“They [Islamabad United] did a great job in the powerplay in both innings; Colin Munro in particular did a great job.”

He also valued Shan Masood, the captain of the Karachi Kings, for his leadership qualities, as the two of them stitched together a 40-run partnership for the second wicket.

“I had fun batting with Shan Masood; he’s a great leader.”

Quetta Gla will take on the Karachi Kings.

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Karachi: PSL 9 match traffic schedule

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The second round of PSL 9 matches is slated to take place from February 28 to March 18. In order to improve attendance’ convenience and ensure smooth traffic flow, Karachi Traffic Police created a specific plan.

It is recommended that guests who are coming from places like Karsaz, Millennium, and New Town use the allotted parking spaces at the PSB Coaching Centre, which is close to the stadium.

In order to prioritise the flow of cars and pedestrians, some roads will also have restricted heavy traffic access during match days.

The following routes are off-limits: Carsaaz to the Stadium, Millennium to New Town, Liaquatabad No. 10 to Hassan Square, Peoples Chowrangi to University Road, Sohrab Goth to Nipa, and Stadium Signal to Hassan Square.

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PSL 9: Basit Ali offers a daring leadership recommendation for PCB

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In order to raise the status of Green Shirts, former cricketer-turned-coach Basit Ali stated in the most recent episode of PSL special show “Har Lamha Purjosh,” hosted by Waseem Badami, that it is a good idea for new PCB chairman Mohsin Naqvi to give wicketkeeper-batsman Muhammad Rizwan the captaincy of the national team.

In order to improve Pakistani cricket, he stated, “I believe that now is the ideal time to name Rizwan captain.” “This is the right time to take this bold step and name him captain. I have some free advice for the newly appointed PCB chairman.”

In the recently concluded Pakistan vs. New Zealand series, he further criticised left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi’s captaincy, claiming that it even caused his pace to decline. He went on to say, “The 4-1 defeat by New Zealand after Babar’s removal from captaincy is a good enough reason that bold decisions must be made now to prepare ahead of the World Cup.”

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