Pakistan’s senior fast bowler Wahab Riaz may be disappointed with his exclusion from the national away team against England and the West Indies, but he is still hiding his dreams of playing in the ICC T20 World Cup, which starts in the UAE and Oman on October 17.
Speaking to the media in Lahore, the left-handed speed collector said he did not know what plans Pakistan’s coaches were preparing for adult players.
“I’m obviously disappointed with my exclusion from touring in England and WI after my last appearances. But the selection criteria are a matter for the selection committee, but I think whoever performs well should be chosen,” Wahab said.
“They may have their reasons, but as a senior performer I am disappointed with the lack,” he added.
The 36-year-old has played 27 tests, 91 ODIs and 36 T20Is for Pakistan with 237 tickets in various formats. “I have not given up hope of playing in the World T20 this year and I think that adult players, as long as they are fit and performing, should be taken into account,” he said.
Wahab is still not sure what “problems” coaches have with senior players. “I don’t know exactly what problem people have with older players. Maybe young people listen to what they are told, while adults always have their say on issues and you have to convince them,” he said.
The current selection committee, headed by Mohammad Wass and head coach Misbach-ul-Haq, has been ignoring senior players such as Wahab, Mohammad Amir and Shoaib Malik and also dropped another senior, Imad Wassim for another series, but recalled him for the T20 matches in England and the West Indies.