Ready to play in 50 degrees Celsius, in-form Pakistan player says he loves playing cricket in the heat

Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman and Multan Sultans captain Mohammad Rizwan said he is ready to play in 50 degrees Celsius

Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman and Multan Sultans captain Mohammad Rizwan: “I enjoy playing cricket in soaring heat. I am ready to play even in 50 degrees Celsius temperature”

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Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman and Multan Sultans captain Mohammad Rizwan is not concerned about the scorching temperatures in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ahead of the Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) resumption.

The remaining matches will be played in Abu Dhabi from June 9 to 24 and while there are worries about the heat, Rizwan said he loves playing in such conditions and is even ready to play if it’s 50 degrees Celsius.

The Sultans currently sit in fifth place on the standings as they have won just one of their five games.

Rizwan was the top run-scorer prior to the PSL’s postponement earlier this year with 297 runs in five matches, which included three half-centuries, at an average of 59.40 and a strike-rate of 140.09.

Ahead of the restart, Rizwan has been in red-hot form for Pakistan and did extremely well during the recent tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe.

He amassed 42 runs in the three-match ODI series against against South Africa at an average of 14.

However, the 29-year-old turned thing around with 147 runs, which included two half-centuries, in the four-match T20 series at an average of 73.50 and a strike-rate of 147.

He continued to shine in the three-match T20 series against Zimbabwe as he amassed 186 runs, which included two fifties, at an average of 186 and a strike-rate of 133.81.

In the two-Test series, he made 66 runs at an average of 33.

“I enjoy playing cricket in soaring heat. I am ready to play even in 50 degrees Celsius temperature. Pakistan players are also accustomed to playing [in] hot weather, so they won’t face any trouble. However, foreign players might find it difficult to adjust initially,” he told Cricket Pakistan.

The Sultans will be in action on June 10 when they take on the Karachi Kings, who are the defending champions.

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