Mohammad Hafeez suggests break for Rizwan in Test cricket

Mohammad Rizwan has failed to score big runs for Pakistan in the longest format

Mohammad Hafeez suggests break for Rizwan in Test cricket PHOTO: AFP

Former Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has suggested that wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan may need a break from Test cricket and has urged the current captain Babar Azam to consider this option.

Mohammad Rizwan has struggled in the longest format, scoring 401 runs in 8 tests in 2022, with an average of 30.84. 

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As a result, Hafeez has advised Babar Azam to consider picking Sarfaraz Ahmed as the wicketkeeper-batsman instead. 

“I still think that if the Pakistan Cricket Board’s think tank and even Babar should think that if Rizwan could not deliver well in this format, then he should give him a break, and Sarfaraz or even any other option they have, should be utilised in [the] best possible way,” Hafeez

The 35-year-old was given a chance to play in the recent two-Test series against New Zealand and performed excellently, scoring 335 runs, including a century and three fifties, with an average of 83.75. 

Sarfaraz will now captain the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), while Azam will lead the Peshawar Zalmi, and Rizwan will captain the Multan Sultans.