NZ vs PAK: Mohammad Rizwan Says "Big Honour" To Captain Pakistan In 1st Test Against New Zealand
NZ vs PAK: Mohammad Rizwan, after guiding Pakistan to a four-wicket win over New Zealand in the 3rd T20I, said that the win came at the right time for them and they would like to carry on the momentum in the Test series.
- Mohammad Rizwan will lead Pakistan in 1st Test against New Zealand
- Regular skipper Babar Azam will miss the 1st Test with an injury
- Rizwan said that the team management has trusted him a lot
Wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan on Tuesday said that he cannot express his happiness on being named as Pakistan's skipper for the upcoming first Test against New Zealand. Rizwan's remarks came as he scored a gritty half-century helping Pakistan register a four-wicket win over New Zealand in the third T20I at the McLean Park in Napier on Tuesday. Rizwan hit a sublime 89 off just 59 balls as the visitors avoided a series whitewash.
New Zealand and Pakistan will now face off in a two-match Test series, beginning December 26. Williamson has returned to the New Zealand Test side while Pakistan will be led by Rizwan in the first Test as regular skipper Babar Azam is out with injury.
"This win is good, we lost the series, but this game was important ahead of the Tests, wanted to take some momentum going into it. Big honour for me to captain Pakistan. It's a big deal to play for the country, can't express my happiness at being captain," said Rizwan during the post-match presentation.
"The management has trusted me a lot, this was the first time I opened in internationals, I have done so in domestic cricket, but I knew I had it in me to perform and was well backed by the management. This win is for our supporters, they have backed us a lot," he added.
New Zealand won the first two T20Is of the series, but the hosts came up short in their third and the final match of the series.
Tim Seifert was adjudged as the Player of the Series for scoring 176 runs in the three-match series.