A thrilled Wahab Riaz determines to deliver best
A couple of not so surprise omissions following grim performances by Pakistani bowlers in the just ended bilateral series against England, veteran pacer Wahab Riaz has earned a call-up in the country’s World Cup squad.
On Tuesday, Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq made a late night call to Riaz to say him for getting prepared for the mega tournament. A visibly thrilled performer, therefore, promised to pour best in him for Pakistan in the World Cup.
“I have worked hard and matured as a bowler in the last two years. I have learnt a lot and the results are also visible to everyone… I have always said that the selectors are aware of what they are doing in my previous interviews,”
the 33-year old Riaz said.
“Now they feel that they need me. I am ready and will try my best to match the expectations that they have from me,” he said.
Wahab last played a one day international for Pakistan in June 2017 during the Champions Trophy; he was not among the probable list of 23 cricketers Pakistan announced and was not also selected for the ODI series in England.
To many, picking Wahab Riaz at this stage is a risk, but Pakistan’s head coach Mickey Arthur and the rest of the team management are hoping that he will pay off.
Thrilled and excited to take part in the #CWC for my country. The support you guys have shown is heartwarming and I’ll give my best to this opportunity iA. It also rebuilt my faith in optimism and dedication. 🇵🇰
— Wahab Riaz (@WahabViki) May 20, 2019