Pakistani fast bowler Wahab Riaz was disappointed after being overlooked for upcoming England and West India tours. This has led him to question the thinking process of the selection committee.
Pakistan is said to play three T20Is and as many ODIs against England before taking on the West Indies in five T20Is and two Tests. Riaz, 36, has questioned the selection criteria after being ignored for all three formats.
“Of course I am disappointed with my exclusion from tours in England and the West Indies after my recent appearances. But the selection criteria are a matter for the selection committee, but I think whoever does well should be selected. They may have their reasons, but as a high profile actor, I’m disappointed that I missed something, ”Wahab Riaz told the Lahore media.
Riaz led Peshawar Zalmi to a second place finish in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL). He also finished the tournament as the second highest wicket taker with 18 scalps under his belt and was elected to the Team of the Tournament. Of course, he is bursting with self-confidence and hopes to be able to play in the T20 World Championship in October-November of this year.
“I haven’t given up hope of playing in the World T20 this year and I think older players, as long as they are fit and capable, should be considered for selection,” said Riaz, the 34 wickets at one Hit rate of 20.88 inches has gained 36 T20Is, added.
Selection has been a point of contention in Pakistani cricket lately. The committee led by Muhammad Wasim has become known for ignoring high-profile professionals such as Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Amir, among others. Riaz also hinted at the management’s inability to rule the seniors the way they treat beginners.
“I’m not sure what problem people have with older players. Perhaps the youngsters hear what they are being told, while the seniors always have their say and they have to be persuaded, ”concluded Wahab Riaz.
All-rounder Imad Wasim has above all earned a calling in the shortest format after he had failed in the previous three appearances.
Complete Pakistan roster for England and West India tours
Pakistan test team: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Abdullah Shafique, Abid Ali Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris up, Hasan Ali, Imran Butt, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Yasir Schaha (depending on fitness), Zahid Mahmood.
Pakistani ODI squad: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Abdullah Shafique, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Qadir.
Pakistani T20I squad: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Arshad Iqbal, Azam Khan Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Wasim Jnr .d, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sharjeel Khan, Usman Qadir.