Wahab not thinking about PCB’s central contract
Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz has said that he’s not bothered about central contract at all rather he only wants to play for country. He cleared that he is keen to serve the national team as best as he can.
The pacer dismissed the far reaching thought that he and Mohammad Amir retired from the Test cricket because they want to play franchise leagues which would earn them more money. He also thinks that for this reason, he’s excluded from the central contract.
“There is a false impression that we have given up red-ball cricket to make money from leagues. There is no such thing. We have always preferred to play for Pakistan and our decision should be respected. Since 2017, I was not even a regular fixture of the Test squad. I had barely played a Test,”
the 34-year-old said.
Both Wahab and Amir were absent in PCB’s new central contract for 2020-21 season. Wahab thinks that maybe it’s for their absence in Test cricket or Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) wants to give more chances to the young players.
“It is possible that we have been exemplified for quitting red-ball cricket or maybe the PCB wanted to give a chance to young fast bowlers and groom them by awarding them with central contracts,” he said.
“The central contract is not my priority as I always want to play for the country, not just for the central contact. It will be an honor to play for the country whenever the opportunity arises.”
When he was asked about the return in the test format, he clarified that he hasn’t any such plan yet rather he is keen to serve the country in ODIs and T20Is. “I have not thought or planned to return to red-ball cricket. When I feel like playing the Test cricket, I will surely inform the PCB about my decision,” he asserted.