On March 22nd, Ramiz Raja, former Pakistani batsman suggested that pace bowler Wahab Riaz should be appointed as the Pakistan ODI skipper after Misbah-ul-Haq’s retirement following the side’s ouster from the 2015 International Cricket Council World Cup.
Ramiz told ESPNcricinfo that it is a tough one because Pakistan have not yet practiced a youngster. What he saw of Wahab against Australia impresses Ramiz that he has got it in him to make it huge as a leader because he demonstrated aggression, emotion, and passion that is what is needed right now to put Pakistan cricket back on track.
He added that the side think-tank have not really been capable to give Pakistan that aggressive tag that it is famous for and he has been very disheartened with the route that they have taken. Pakistan cricket is about emotion, about demonstrating passion and to a certain degree about being unforeseeable in a thriving way, which makes it so romantic.
Misbah had declared months back that he would retire from One Day Internationals after the International Cricket Council World Cup.
Wahab bowled a memorable blazing spell against Australia, particularly to Shane Watson, in Friday’s quarterfinal at the Adelaide Oval here, a few standout performance of the International Cricket Council World Cup. He gave his side more than a chance of winning the game despite defending a moderate total of 213 runs but some dropped catches donated the co-host the win.
He was quoted saying: “You can experiment with an out-of-box idea like this in one-day cricket. Australia is a great example. George Bailey was plucked out of first class cricket straight into international cricket as a leader when he was made Twenty20 captain.”
He added that he has seen the potentials to give Wahab Riaz that pedestal and position. Let’s see how he operates but what he saw of him against Australia, he can take Pakistan cricket in the proper direction.
Wahab ended the International Cricket Council World Cup with 16 scalps at an economy rate of 5.56 and an average of 23.00.
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