Wahab Riaz miffed by omission from Pakistan squad: Don’t know what issue selectors have with senior players

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Wahab was not selected for Pakistan’s upcoming tours of England and the West Indies and said that he still harbours hopes of making it to the squad that goes for the T20 World Cup later in the year.

Wahab was ignored for Pakistan’s upcoming tours of West Indies and England. (Reuters Photo)

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  • Wahab was ignored for Pakistan’s tours of England and the West Indies
  • Wahab is one of many senior Pakistan players who have criticised Misbah-ul-Haq and the Pakistan management
  • The fast bowler said that their issues with senior players could be because the latter always have their own say

Fast bowler Wahab Riaz slammed Pakistan’s selection committee, which is led by the team’s head coach Misbah-ul-Haq, for ignoring senior players like him. Wahab’s comments came after he was not being selected in the squad for the England and the Carribean.

Pakistan play three ODIs and as many T20Is in England from July 8 to July 20 after which they tour the West Indies for five T20Is and two Tests from July 27, with the last Test scheduled to end on August 24.

“I don’t know exactly what issue people have with senior players. Perhaps youngsters listen to what is told to them, while seniors always have their own say in matters and you have to convince them,” Wahab told reporters in Lahore.

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“I have not given up hope of playing in the World T20 this year and I think senior players as long as they are fit and performing should be considered for selection,” he said.

Wahab is one of many senior players who have criticised head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and the rest of the team management for various reasons. Former captain Shoaib Malik and all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez have slammed Misbah and his staff on a number of occasions, while star fast bowler Mohammad Amir retired from international cricket citing differences with the coaches.

“Obviously, I am disappointed at my exclusion from the England and West Indies tours after my recent performances,” Riaz told reporters in Lahore.

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