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Pak vs BD: Records tumble as Mohammad Rizwan scores another 50 in T20I

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Pakistan’s top order batter Mohammad Rizwan added multiple T20 records to his credit on Friday with his innings of 78 from 50 deliveries against Bangladesh in the opening game of the triangular series in New Zealand.

Rizwan had smashed two sixes and stroked seven shots to the fence in his unbeaten innings which took his overall T20 runs tally in the calendar year 2022 past 1,500.

He is the only third batter in the world to score 1,500 or more T20 runs in a calendar year. Two others are Chris Gayle and Rizwan’s countryman Babar Azam.

Gayle had amassed 1,532 and 1,665 in years 2012 and 2015 respectively while Babar had a total tally of 1,607 in 2019 and 1,779 in 2021.

Rizwan who had scored total of 2,036 T20 runs last year, has so far scored 1,519 runs this year in overall professional games of the shortest format.

This was Rizwan’s 58th T20 international innings and the score of 78 has taken him ahead of Babar in the list of most aggregate runs after 58 T20I innings.

Rizwan has an aggregate of 2,337 runs from 58 international innings in T20s while Babar at this stage had 2,281 runs. India’s Virat Kohli had 2,012 runs from the initial 58 innings of his T20I career.

Rizwan has also surpassed England’s Jos Buttler in the list of players scoring the most runs as designated wicketkeeper in T20Is.

Of his 2,337 runs, the star player scored 2,196 runs as a wicket-keeper in T20Is. He surpassed Buttler today when he took the second run of his inning. The English cricketer has scored 2,119 runs as a wicket-keeper batter.

Rizwan has only four innings as a non-wicket-keeper in T20Is in which he scored 141 runs.

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PSL 9 match security details released

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The PSL will see over 16,000 police officers handling security responsibilities since matches in Rawalpindi and Multan will have a security strategy in place.

Colin Munro and Tymal Mills of Islamabad United landed in Lahore, and the team will play Lahore Qalandars to open the season.

Mohsin Naqvi, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), announced that the PSL’s ninth season will start on February 17.

He stated that the duration of the traffic closure would be limited and that the public would be notified about other routes through the media in a timely manner. He also directed that effective management be made to preserve fluency for the convenience of the people.

The Lahore DIG Operations Police announced that around 7000 people will be assigned to a security strategy that would guarantee spectators, including cricket players, complete security.

According to the security plan, residents would be permitted entry after completing four levels of security, and 13 SPs, 36 DSPs, and 81 inspectors would be stationed. The situation would also be continually monitored by the Punjab Safe City Authority’s cameras.

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PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi requests an in-depth spending report.

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Mohsin Naqvi, the recently elected chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has started a thorough investigation of the organization’s spending.

The request, which is aimed at the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO), highlights the organization’s careful attention to financial management.

Information obtained from people with knowledge of the situation reveals that the scope of the spending report includes all aspects of PCB’s business.

These consist of funding for the Pakistan cricket team, expenditures for sports personnel, and match-related costs. Furthermore, the report will give information on the PCB’s yearly budget and player compensation.

Chairman Naqvi’s decision is more than just a formality; it reflects a deeper desire to link spending to the national cricket team’s results.

It is believed that Chairman Naqvi is eager to examine the monetary outlays in comparison to the results achieved on the field, suggesting a calculated approach to resource distribution.

Chairman Naqvi is scheduled to call a briefing with the PCB’s senior brass after the comprehensive report has been prepared.

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Cyberattack on PSL 9 ticket purchasing website

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The franchise league announced that a hack occurred on Tuesday night on the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 9 online ticketing site.

The league revealed that the PSL ticket partners’ technical staff is working to resolve the issues brought on by the website hack.

PSL stated, “The [HBL PSL 9] ticketing website (http://pcb.tcs.com.pk) has been the target of a cyberattack.”

“The ticketing partners’ technical staff is effectively resolving the issue. We anticipate a prompt resolution and hope that the service provider’s website will soon be back up and running.

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