Pakistan Fast Bowler, Wahab Riaz Shows a Willingness to Come Back to Test Cricket.
Pakistan left-arm speedy bowler, Wahab Riaz show willingness to come back to Test cricket. If the team needs him, on the tour of England this year.
Pakistan speedy bowler, Wahab Riaz has accepted to return to Test cricket for the series against England should the need arise. Riaz was named alongside 28 other players in an extended team for the tour of England that covers three Tests and three T20Is.
Riaz, who had played just four Tests in three years before taking an indefinite break from the longest format of the game last year, he said that playing for Pakistan was always his “priority”.
“The Pakistan Cricket Board talked with me to play Test cricket (in England) if required, and to play for Pakistan is always a priority so I said yes without even delay,” Riaz speaks in a video teleconference coordinated by the PCB.
“The priority was not different last year. I haven’t been playing Test cricket in the last three, four years before this administration came, so the priority was to focus on white-ball cricket.”
Riaz had first lost his central contract with Pakistan cricket, but he stressed the fact that playing for Pakistan mattered more to him. “Of course central contact provides benefits to the player. But playing for Pakistan is most important to me and I have got this option once again by being selected in the team,” he said.
Riaz, 34, also talked about how, as a senior player, he wanted to set an example in putting the team’s needs first.
“As a senior player, I wanted to make an example because it all has to be for Pakistan, not for yourself and the color of the ball does not matter.”The left-arm speedy bowler has 83 wickets in 27 Test matches at an average of 34.50 after getting his red-ball debut in 2010.