Mohammad Rizwan will lead Pakistan ‘A’ in a two-match four-day series against New Zealand ‘A’ in the United Arab Emirates, Cricbuzz reports.
Rizwan was a part of Pakistan’s 18-member squad that took on Australia in a two-Test series that the hosts won 1-0, but did not play a match despite reports that the team management was considering resting Sarfraz Ahmed. Rizwan was released mid-series for a Pakistan ‘A’ T20 against New Zealand before being recalled to keep wickets on the final day of the series because of a concussion scare to Sarfraz. In the recent three-match one-day series between the two sides, Rizwan scored two centuries.
The Pakistan ‘A’ 14-member squad also includes Mir Hamza, who recently made his Test debut against Australia in the Abu Dhabi Test. On a wicket largely conducive for spin-bowling, Hamza picked up one Australian wicket in the second innings. On the third ball of his first over, the left-arm quick bowled a jaffa which angled in on the release and move a fraction away from Shaun Marsh after pitching to clip the top of the off-stump. His match figures were 1 for 67. Hamza returned to domestic cricket and returned 0 for 37 in the first quarter-final of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy One-Day Cup for National Bank of Pakistan as his side lost to Salman Butt’s Water and
Power Development Authority by
eight wickets.