DHAKA: Pakistani wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan said on Monday that he was fine after a period of intensive treatment for a breast infection and would start training for a series in Bangladesh.
Rizwan made a miraculous recovery last week after two days in hospital for delivering a headline-grabbing performance in the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in the UAE, where he scored the top scorer with 67 in the semi-final against Australia.
He finished the tournament with 281 runs, the third highest among all batsmen, despite missing the final after Pakistan’s heartbreaking loss of five wickets to the final winners.
His accomplishments in the tournament took his numbers to 1,033 in 2021, making him the first man to score over 1,000 races in a calendar year in 20 internationals.
“I am happy that I have scored the most races in the calendar year. But I am more happy that I was able to secure this record for my country,” Rizwan told reporters in Dhaka.
Rizwan, who scored 1,743 races in all Twenty20s in 2021, also a calendar year record, now has the chance to add a few more races to his figure as Pakistan take on Bangladesh in a three-match series starting on Friday in Dhaka .
He fought in the first years of his Twenty20 international career with only four races on average in 2016 and 14.80 in 2019.
But he showed promise in 2020 by scoring his first fifty against New Zealand in December before realizing his full potential this year.
The second and third Twenty20 internationals against Bangladesh will be held on November 20 and 22, also in Dhaka.
The matches will be day-night matches where fans return to the gallery in Bangladesh for the first time since March 2020.


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