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Pak vs NZ: Why was Mohammad Rizwan stopped from captaining during Karachi Test?



KARACHI: Sarfaraz Ahmed took over as stand-in captain in absence of skipper Babar Azam after the match referee barred Mohammad Rizwan from captaining the side as he was not part of the playing 11. 

Rizwan, who is the 12th man, was seen captaining the Pakistan side on day three of the first Test against New Zealand in the absence of Babar Azam before the match referee informed the team management that a he cannot captain the side.

Azam and Salman Agha could not take the field due to flu. Rizwan is the vice-captain of the Pakistan Test team; however, he was rested for the first Test.

Rizwan took to the field without the skipper and was seen setting the field when the match referee informed the Pakistan team that according to the ICC rules, a 12th man could not be a stand-in captain.

Afterward, Sarfaraz was captaining; he was also seen reviewing Devin Conway’s LBW decision.

Meanwhile, left-handed batter Shan Masood was late to the field due to flu. A spokesperson said Pakistan’s media manager Ahsan Nagi had also fallen victim to the flu and did not come to the stadium today. 

Players have been advised to stay cautious, said the spokepserson. 

Sarfaraz’s return to Test side 

Sarfaraz, who last played in January 2019 before this game, had to wait for three years, 11 months, and 15 days to don Pakistan’s Test shirt again. The former captain smashed 86 before losing his wicket to Ajaz Patel 17 minutes before the close of play.

The right-hander also became Pakistan’s leading run scorer in Tests among wicketkeeper-batters after his 86-run inning.  

The wicket-keeper batter enjoyed an excellent 196-run partnership with Babar before Patel dismissed him when he edged one to Mitchell at first slip shortly before the close.

Sarfaraz said he was very nervous during the first few balls after coming to bat on the first day of the Karachi Test. He felt like it was his debut, he told in the presser after day 1.

Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) interim chief selector Shahid Afridi praised Sarfaraz Ahmed for his performance against New Zealand.

“Sarfaraz proved his selection right, excellent performance for him under pressure,” the former Pakistan skipper tweeted.

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Strangely, Shan Masood runs out on the same ball after being hit for a wicket.




At the centre of the peculiar occurrence that saw him stay not-out despite being run-out on the same delivery was Yorkshire’s captain for the Pakistani Test team, Shan Masood.

Masood (who is also Yorkshire’s captain) led his team to a 173/8 score after scoring 61 runs off of 41 deliveries in a brilliant batting performance.

As Masood faced Lancashire’s Jack Blatherwick in the fifteenth over with a batting score of 58, the event took place.

When Shan Masood attempted to knock the ball on the backfoot and struck the stumps, he believed he was out and strolled outside the wicket. Another run-out was caused by the Lancashire players when they moved the bails at the opposite end of the pitch.

He was, however, declared not out by on-field umpires James Middlebrook and Graham Lloyd in accordance with Law 31.7, which deals with a “batter leaving the wicket under a misapprehension”.

“If an umpire is satisfied that a batter has left the wicket under the false impression that they are out, even though they have not been given out,” the law says. If the fielding side takes any more action, the umpire will intervene, call a dead ball, signal it, and bring the hitter back.

After adding three more runs to his total, Shan Masood was eventually removed in the following over after getting caught behind by Saqib Mahmood.

He was named man of the match after his side won by a tight seven runs. During his 61-run innings, he hit eight boundaries, including three sixes.

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The petition has been lodged in the court of the district and sessions judge, citing sections 22A and 22B of the Pakistan Penal Code. It identifies all individuals involved, including captain Babar Azam, team management, and the coach, as parties.

The petitioner voiced profound apprehension at the underwhelming performance of the national cricket team, deeming it a squandering of funds and a breach of the nation’s confidence. The petition alleges that the team jeopardized millions of rupees and the nation’s integrity, claiming that the players and team management chose financial gain over the honor of the country.

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The petitioner further condemns the intrusion of political personalities in the team’s matters, contending that whenever political selections are made as coaches and chairmen, it results in the team’s decline.

The court has instructed the police to respond to the petition by June 21.

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