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Shoaib Akhtar praises 'good intent' of 'fabulous' Mohammad Rizwan

The 45-year-old called for Rizwan to be prepared if the team needed him in the middle-order spot

Shoaib Akhtar praises 'good intent' of 'fabulous' Mohammad Rizwan PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan’s legendary former pacer Shoaib Akhtar, in a Youtube video on Sunday, praised the ‘fabulous’ wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan’s ‘good intent’ after the Men in Green’s successful Twenty20 International (T20I) series win over Zimbabwe.

The 45-year-old called for Rizwan to be prepared if the team needed him in the middle-order spot.

“Hat off to you Rizwan. You play very well. You are superb. You are marvelous and at the same time, your intent towards Pakistan is just amazing. May God give you everything that you need in life. The way you are serving Pakistan, it is fabulous to see someone play for Pakistan with such good intent,” Akhtar said.

“91 off 60 again. You have proven yourself that you are an asset to Pakistan. Rizwan keep on going because if we need you in the middle order then you need to keep performing there as well,” he added.

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Akhtar also claimed that Pakistan needed to get their selection and middle-order right while regaining their x-factor in the bowling department.

“Pakistan needs to get its selection right. Pakistan needs to fix its middle order and they need to bring back that x-factor in their bowling once more. Congratulations to Pakistan. For a moment I was concerned that we might get embarrassed by losing to Zimbabwe. If that had happened, it would not have been bearable for us,” he concluded.