Pakistan cricketer, Mohammad Rizwan, revealed that he asked to be dropped from the recent Test series against New Zealand and for former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed to take his place. This came after a poor performance in the Test series against England, where Rizwan only scored 141 runs in six innings with no fifty scores.
He spoke to Cricket Pakistan and stated that he felt he did not deserve to play in the next series after his poor performance.
However, some players thought he should not sit on the bench due to a few failures. Rizwan also said that Sarfaraz deserved his place in the team based on his domestic performances and he was happy to see Sarfaraz perform well in the series.
Sarfaraz was the highest run-scorer in the New Zealand series, with 335 runs and was named Player of the Series for his impressive performance, including a ton and a half-century.
In the same interview, Mohammad Rizwan shared that he never becomes demotivated when he is not included in a team lineup, either internationally or domestically.
He gave an example of his time with the Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), where he mostly sat out of the matches as the team preferred Chadwick Walton over him. Rizwan stated that he saw this as a team decision and understood it was what the team needed at the time, and he was not hurt by being kept on the bench.