Wahab expresses desire to return in England test
Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz has expressed his desires to return in test cricket after he has retired previously. He said that if his services are required in England, he will be ready.
“My Test comeback will be difficult as I have not played recently but Pakistan needs me right now and I want to play for my country. I am professional enough to know how to carry myself for what format. I am ready for Test return and I will play if required,” said Wahab this during a videoconference held here on Monday.
“I got a call from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) asking if I will be available to play Test cricket if required on replacement basis or if the team needs it. I straight away agreed because my priority is to play for Pakistan,” he added.
Wahab has mentioned then-management for advising him against the decision, and he has the opportunity to represent the country in white dress.
“When I spoke to the PCB last year about not playing Tests, they told me to take some time off and think about it. However, these are unusual circumstances and no one can come and go. Priority is to play for Pakistan and I will do what I can for my country.”
Wahab has revealed that lost of confidence in both off and on test career has pushed him for the retirement decision.
“It was between 2016 and 2019, I had played only in patches. I played one Test in Sri Lanka and performed well and then had a gap. Then I played against Australia. I thought may I be not capable or good enough to play Test cricket for Pakistan anymore. I had communicated to the management that I will give up Test cricket and concentrate on white-ball cricket.” Wahab said.
Recently he has been axed from the central contract. Replying to a query regarding central contracts, the pacer said:
“The central contract is a security for the player that he will play for Pakistan. The central contract is important but it’s not such a big deal for me rather it’s secondary. If I perform this year, I will get it again next year. But my priority is to play for Pakistan and help my team record crucial victories.”