Multan Sultans had a rigid ride in the first leg of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The team could only manage one win in their five games and are languishing at the bottom of the points table. However, their skipper Mohammad Rizwan is confident of a turnaround in the Abu Dhabi leg. Rizwan is counting on his spin attack, which he believes is the best among all teams, to do the job for him.
“When I played for Pakistan ‘A’ in Abu Dhabi few years ago, there wasn’t much spin on offer. However, we would like the pitches to provide turn as I believe that we have the strongest spin attack in the competition. We hope that we get turning tracks and our bowlers are able to take advantage of the conditions,” said Rizwan.
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“There is not much difference in pitches between Karachi and Abu Dhabi. But when I last played in Abu Dhabi two years ago, the pitches there had a little more pace and it was not easy to score against the pacers there. Whereas in Karachi, you get a little more time to hit and matches are generally high-scoring,” he added.
Rizwan further said that the team made several mistakes in the first leg which saw them lose most of their matches, adding that they have discussed about the same and will look to improve in those areas.
“Whenever such a gap comes, you talk to your players about what we could have done better. We made several mistakes collectively as a team. I have had a chat with my players regarding where we lacked and hopefully we will try to improve in those areas and produce better results,” he said.
The Multan Sultans’ skipper also added that he is not concerned by the scorching heat in Abu Dhabi but admitted that the overseas players might find it a little hard to adjust.
“I enjoy playing cricket in soaring heat. I am ready to play even in 50 degree celsius temperature. Pakistan players are also accustomed to playing hot weather, so they won’t face any trouble. However, foreign players might find it difficult to adjust initially,” he concluded.
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