Pakistani cricketer, Muhammad Rizwan, has bagged the maiden county cricket deal with Sussex. Wicket-keeper batsman will be playing county cricket next year for Sussex.
The county club, Sussex, made the official announcement that the Pakistani cricketer will join the team in April and will be playing both the county championship and the T20 Blast. “Sussex Cricket is extremely excited to announce the signing of Pakistani wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan for the majority of the 2022 season,” the statement said.
“Mohammad Rizwan will join Sussex following Australia’s tour of Pakistan that concludes in early April. He will then be available in both Championship and T20 cricket until the end of the Vitality Blast in mid-July,” it added.
Sussex also shared the statement of Muhammad Rizwan. The cricketer expressed his excitement to play county cricket.
“I am honored and excited to be a part of the historic Sussex County Cricket Club for the 2022 season. I have always heard great things about the Sussex community and this family club was always close to my heart,” he said.
“In my heart, I know our young team has the potential to beat any team. Our strength lies in our hard work, honesty, deep commitment, and self-belief: we can win, we will win, and we will play like champions, no matter what! In shaa Allah, I look forward to a great season,” the statement quoted Rizwan as saying.
— Muhammad Rizwan (@iMRizwanPak) December 16, 2021
Pakistan’s Muhammad Rizwan signs with Sussex for next season. The Pakistani wicket-keeper batter will join the county team in April next year and will play T20 blast and county championship matches.
— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) December 16, 2021
Ian Salisbury, Sussex’s Championship and One-Day head coach, has expressed his delight over roping in Muhammad Rizwan.
“Mohammad Rizwan’s first-class and Test records speak for themselves and it’s a huge coup to welcome him to Sussex for a big chunk of next season’s Championship,” Salisbury said.
“As well as his playing credentials, it’s clear from speaking to people like Mushy [Mushtaq Ahmed] and Saqlain [Mushtaq] that Rizwan will also be a wonderful addition to the dressing room,” he said.
Moreover, Muhammad Rizwan also became the first batter in the history of T20 Internationals to score 2000 runs in a calendar year.