The sport of cricket played in Pakistan is well-known for its capacity to produce some unexpected moments both on and off the field. These moments can be brought about either by the cricketing skill of Pakistan is or by the country’s countless gaffes.
Something very similar took place on the third morning of the first test that was played against New Zealand.
It was expected that the team management would appoint someone from the playing XI to take leadership of the game because the captain, Babar Azam, would not be taking the field because he was sick with the illness. The designated vice-captain, Mohammad Rizwan, would not be participating in the game.
However, Rizwan was observed leading the squad as a substitute, and to everyone’s shock, he was also taking calls on the field. This is against the rules of the game, which make it quite apparent that a substitute cannot act as captain of the team.
Later on, it became apparent that the former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was in charge of the situation; nonetheless, he, too, went for a review after contacting Rizwan, and the incident was captured on camera. Due to this misunderstanding, cricket fans on Twitter were left in fits of laughter.
In a subsequent statement, the management of the Pakistani squad confirmed that Sarfaraz, and not Rizwan, was serving as the stand-in captain.
. The acts of the two individuals who were already on the ground, however, did not truly convey the same message.
In their reply to Pakistan’s first innings total of 438 runs, New Zealand are in a strong position. The middle order will be able to build on the solid foundation that was established by the openers, Tom Latham (113) and Conway (92).