Rizwan to stay in England
KARACHI:: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided that wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan would stay in England during the Cricket World Cup 2019 and fill in in case captain Sarfraz Ahmed faces an injury. keeper, who failed to make the final 15-member World Cup squad, is currently in Pakistan but is expected to depart soon for England, where he would stay on during the tournament. Mohammad Rizwan would not be part of the official squad but may be called in as a backup in case of any injury.
“Mohammad Rizwan, Abid Ali and Faheem Ashraf will remain in England. They’ll play cricket to stay in touch with the conditions and if we feel the need for any of them as replacements then we’ll have them as backup,” chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq told reporters on Monday during his press conference to announce the World Cup squad. Officials confirmed to Geo News that the reason for sending Rizwan to England was to prepare a backup in case of an injury. Meanwhile, Abid Ali will stay in Birmingham during the tournament, while Faheem Ashraf will also return to England soon after a brief stay in Pakistan. Pakistan had dropped fast bowlers Faheem Ashraf and Junaid Khan in favour of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz, while batsman Abid Ali was replaced by Asif Ali in the side.