Babar Azam, who was ill on Day 3 of the first Test against New Zealand, was replaced as captain by Mohammad Rizwan, who was not in the Pakistan Playing XI.
On Day 3 of the first Test match against New Zealand in Karachi, there was a question as to who was in charge of Pakistan. Babar Azam, who was unable to take the field due to illness, was replaced by Mohammad Rizwan, who was not a member of the Pakistan Playing XI.
For the first time since January 2019, Sarfaraz Ahmed, who took Rizwan’s spot, was chosen for the starting lineup of the first Test in Karachi. In his last 12 innings, Rizwan has failed to reach fifty runs.
Pakistan did not designate a vice-captain for this game in accordance with MCC Law 24.1.2, which states that a substitute fielder cannot serve as an official captain on the field.
Later on in the day, though, opener Devon Conway was the target of a lbw claim off the bowling of Nauman Ali. Initially kept quiet, Pakistan eventually made the decision to ascend. It’s interesting to note that Sarfaraz requested the review without speaking to Rizwan and instead motioned to the umpire.
As far as is known, the management of the Pakistani squad eventually stated that Sarfaraz, not Rizwan, was in command.