LONDON: Pakistan former captain and star all-rounder Shahid Afridi has said that the team should give a chance to speedster Wahab Riaz, if they are lacking in the pace department.
“Good luck for the ODIs and third Test against South Africa to team Pakistan. I feel that if pace is what we are lacking we should try and give a chance to Wahab Riaz in the squad,” said Afridi in a tweet.
Good luck for the ODIs and third Test against S. Africa to team Pakistan. I feel that if pace is what we are lacking we should try and give a chance to Wahab Riaz in the squad. All the best Pakistan! 🇵🇰
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) January 9, 2019
Riaz last represented Pakistan internationally back in October last year against Australia in a Test series. The speedster, however, has been pretty active in the domestic circuit, representing the Lahore Whites in the recently concluded National T20 Cup that the Whites won.
Meanwhile, Afridi’s statements regarding picking up Riaz comes after skipper Sarfraz Ahmed voiced concerns over his bowling unit’s lack of pace, after losing the Test series to South Africa.
“The way our bowlers are bowling is not up to the mark in this Test match. If you see our bowlers, they’re bowling 128-129, and the average speed is 130, while their bowlers are bowling at 145. If you are going to bowl with that lack of pace here you won’t get wickets,” said the skipper during the post match conference.