Wahab Riaz was included in the final 15-man-squad for the world cup is eager to justify his selection in the squad, after missing out in the provisional squad.
Wahab, who replaced Junaid Khan in the squad said that he wants to prove coach Mickey Arthur wrong, and justify his opportunity.
Arthur, who has coached both South Africa and Australia had criticized Wahab for his lack of work rate and even confronted wahab that he hasn’t won them a single game in 2 years.
Wahab has not played a single ODI in two years, due to injuries. Wahab is aiming to excel in the World Cup. Riaz was not a part of the Pakistan team who lost 4-0 on the road at England.
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However, after Riaz’s call up to the side, Junaid Khan did not find a spot. Riaz said that he understands Junaid’s situation, as he had also gone throught this.
“Every player wishes to play for Pakistan and the World Cup is the biggest challenge in your career,” said Wahab. “Obviously, he will be saddened and very frustrated, and must be thinking he had been treated unfairly”.
“But when I was out for two years, I was thinking the same. At the end, this is the Pakistan team and its selectors, coaches and captains make the decision. I am sure this wasn’t meant to hurt someone but it’s for the country, and whatever they think is good for Pakistan.”
He enlightened that, despite these setbacks he always remained confident and remained calm.
Wahab’s selection is mainly based on his ability to generate reverse swing in what everyone expects will be batting-friendly conditions.
“Obviously, there’s a lot of pressure since Inzi bhai has said that I have been brought back on the basis of my experience,” Wahab said.
Pakistan’s quest for world cup begins on May 31 against West Indies.