Thursday, 21 October 2021

Wahab Riaz vows to live up to expectations

LONDON: Pacer Wahab Riaz has vowed to live up to the expectations by showcasing his talent during the World Cup 2019 by bringing the aggression and fire in his bowling.

“Definitely, it will be a challenging event and I am lucky to get a last-minute call to be a part of the team and it is an honour to represent the country in a World Cup,” Wahab said this while addressing a press conference here at Gaddafi Stadium.

Wahab, who was not part of the national team during the past two years, was a surprise inclusion in the side along with Mohammad Amir and Asif Ali, replacing Faheem Ashraf, Junaid Khan and Abid Ali. “Although I was not in the initial 23 member Pakistan squad announced for the World Cup, even then I had a strong conviction that I will play this World Cup and a few days before my call, I had a dream that I have been called and the next day chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq rang me and informed that I will be playing,” he said.

“My late father had a strong conviction that I will be playing the World Cup 2019 and in the circumstances when I was not part of the team for a couple of days, I did not get disappointed and continued my hard work to remain in fitness and form,” he added.

Wahab said during the past two years, he endeavoured to lift the level of his game to bring more maturity in his bowling and overall game and now the stage has come to demonstrate what he had learnt during these years to play his due role in enhancing the team’s performance during the World Cup.

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