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The 34-year-old Pakistan left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz has been selected in the 29-member Pakistan squad that will tour in England. The Pakistan Head Coach and Chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq has confirmed that Wahab will be available for the Test series in England if his service needs.
Pakistan is getting ready to tour in England for the three-match Test series (part of the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship) and three-match T20I series. Though the revised fixture of this tour hasn’t come out yet, the tour can happen in August-September.
Wahab Riaz, who last time played a first-class match in November 2018, has been added in the 29-member Pakistan squad that will tour in England. Misbah-ul-Haq has clarified that Wahab will be available for the Test series if the team requires his assistance.
Misbah said according to PTI, “Yes I spoke to Wahab about this and he said if needed, he will be available to play the Test matches in England.”
Wahab Riaz last time played a Test match around 20 months ago
Wahab Riaz, who has played 27 Tests since his debut in 2010, served in Pakistan’s white shirt for the last time in October 2018 during the Test series against Australia in UAE. The left-arm pacer has taken 83 wickets in his Test career, including two five-wicket hauls. The senior pacer hasn’t been offered the latest central contract (2020/21).
During the Pakistan team selection for the England tour, ten fast bowlers and four spinners have been selected. As the bowlers require the most time to adjust according to the new playing conditions, which has been restructured due to the ongoing COVID-19 or coronavirus pandemic, the selectors have chosen these many bowlers.
Misbah claimed on this, “Hopefully the five weeks training camp and practice games we have in England before the first Test will allow all the bowlers to settle down and also get used to new SOPs like not using saliva to shine the ball, avoiding celebrations after taking a wicket etc. It is not easy for a pace bowler in particular to get back into rhythm after three months of not playing cricket or nets at all.”
Wahab last time played for the Pakistan national cricket team on 5th November 2019 during the Canberra T20I against Australia.