The 29-year-old wicketkeeper-batter was promoted to the top during Misbah's tenure and has been doing wonders in this format since then
Former Pakistan captain Misbah ul Haq has revealed the decision behind promoting Mohammad Rizwan as an opener in T20Is.
The 29-year-old wicketkeeper-batter was promoted to the top during Misbah's tenure and has been doing wonders in this format since then.
Speaking at the inauguration of the U19 College Cricket Championship at Bagh-e-Jinnah in Lahore, Misbah said that only Rizwan should be acknowledged for his success as a cricketer.
"Mohammad Rizwan was advised to play as opener because he could prove to be more efficient in this position. I did know Rizwan can play in the top-order. He is a hardworking cricketer and credit for the success of Rizwan only goes to him. Nobody else should be appreciated other than cricketer himself because it's his hard work which pays off," Misbah said.
On the other hand, Misbah is also awaiting the arrival of the Australian team to Pakistan as it would help revive Test cricket and make it popular among the youth.
"In Pakistan, especially the arrival of foreign teams and playing Tests is very important. Only by giving importance to Test cricket, it can be kept alive. After Australia, England and New Zealand should come here and play Test cricket. With the arrival of Australia, there will be ways for everyone to come here," he added.
Meanwhile, Pakistan's most successful captain in Test cricket is happy with the performance of the side. "It does not matter who the coach is now, who is getting the credit, the main objective is to take Pakistan cricket to new heights."
"The way the graph of Pakistan cricket has gone up at the moment is very good for the cricket of our country. Receiving ICC awards to Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Shaheen Shah Afridi has also sent a message to the world that Pakistani cricketers are second to none.
Misbah concluded by saying that toss has been playing the main part in the final results of the matches in the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) and is hoping more good cricketers will emerge from PSL.