Wahab Riaz feels that he should have played more for Pakistan than he has in his international cricket career. Riaz took a break from Test Cricket to focus more on the white-ball format. However, the Pakistan speedster hasn’t got enough chances and is no longer a regular starter in the side. He last played in a T20 international against New Zealand in December 2020 in Hamilton.
While he has blown hot and cold for Pakistan in recent times, he has been a force to be reckoned with when it comes to franchise cricket. Wahab Riaz was the second-highest run-scorer for Pakistan in PSL 2021. In the only match of The Hundred 2021 tournament he played, he grabbed four wickets with the ball.
While speaking to PakPassion.net, Wahab Riaz expressed his disappointment over not playing enough games for Pakistan as he should have. The 34-year old especially lamented the time Pakistan’s home games were held in the UAE as the pitches were a lot more spin-friendly.
“Yes, I feel that I should have represented Pakistan on more occasions than I did. But the major setback for me was when Pakistan’s home matches had to be shifted to UAE where spinners were needed more than pace-bowlers. That period of playing home matches in the UAE was detrimental to the careers of a lot of Pakistani pace-bowlers. including myself. But who knows what the future holds, there might yet be a few more international matches to come for myself,” Riaz said.
Having said that, Wahab Riaz is still very much in contention for a place in Pakistan’s team for the upcoming T20 World Cup. Riaz brings with him an immense amount of experience of playing the ICC tournaments. He currently has 34 wickets in 36 T20 internationals at an average of 28.55.
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