Wahab steels himself for comeback push


Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz feels that he is bowling well and is not sure why he has not been picked for the limited overs sides in recent times.

Wahab has enjoyed a good Pakistan Super League with the misfiring Peshawar Zalmi and hopes that he has the attention of chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq.

The left-arm paceman hasn’t made the kind of impacted expected of him on the international stage and has found himself sliding down the pecking order of Pakistan’s stellar pace stocks.

Speaking after Zalmi’s loss to the Quetta Gladiators this week Wahab said: “Hopefully it is clear to everyone about who is performing in this tournament and who is not.

“I’m satisfied with my performance in the tournament and I also picked up alot of wickets in the domestic tournament prior to the PSL.

“It is up to the selectors whether I get picked or not. My job is to give them a good reason and make a strong case for my selection.”

Wahab last played an ODI for Pakistan in June 2017 but he hopes to be considered for the squad for the 2019 World Cup.

He added: “I’m definitely disappointed about not being picked for the LOI sides for the past couple of tours.

“I don’t consider my performances in T20s to be bad. I do feel that I’ve done relatively bad in ODIs but I’m trying to come out of it. I’ve been playing domestic cricket and several T20 leagues and trying my hardest to make a comeback. ”

“I believe that Inzi bhai is a legend and knows exactly when and where to play a player and he will decide when is the right time to make my comeback”

“My performances are in front of everyone. If the national team decides that they don’t need me and will go to the world cup without me then that is fine”

Wahab played just four ODIs in 2017 averaging 130 with the ball having taken just two wickets and going at 7.7 runs per over.