Rizwan was out, says former referee

By our correspondent
LAHORE: Former international referee Ishtiaq Ahmed has said that Pakistan’s stumper Mohammad Rizwan was out as wristband is a part of the gloves.
On the fourth day of the second Test between Pakistan and Australia at the iconic MCG Pat Cummins delivery went past Rizwan’s wristband to the keeper and Australian fielders made a confident appeal. However the on-field umpire did not give Rizwan out. Australia took review and the third umpire Richard Illingworth after taking huge time gave Rizwan out.
“He was out because wristband is a part of the gloves and it is not a protective gears,” Ishtiaq told this correspondent. He said that inickometer was used to confirm that the ball had kissed Rizwan wristband.
He said that Pakistani batsmen were uncomfortable against short-pitched deliveries. “Some of them don’t know how to cope with the these types bowling. On Australia’s pitches stroke players are successful. A batsman who can pick the length of the ball earlier can be more successful to face short-pitched deliveries. Feet movement and strong backfoot of a batsman is very important on these type of pitches. Pakistani pitches are batting paradise,” said Ishtiaq, also a former first-class cricketer.

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