County news February 11, 2016

Essex pull off Wahab Riaz coup

ESPNcricinfo staff

Wahab Riaz will play seven matches for Essex © AFP

Essex have pulled off a marquee signing for the NatWest T20 Blast campaign with the signing of the Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz.

Riaz will feature in seven matches for the Essex Eagles, before being replaced by the New Zealander Adam Milne.

Riaz went into the Pakistan Super League with 106 Twenty20 wickets at an impressive average of 22.21, and has had spells with Kent Spitfires and Surrey in the past.

Head Coach Chris Silverwood said "We are pleased to have Wahab joining the squad for the first half of the NatWest T20 Blast season. He will add a different dimension to our bowling attack, being a left armer and bowling with real pace.

"We are looking at this competition with confidence. We need to improve our performance from the past few seasons, and drive our limited-overs cricket forward. Wahab's signing helps us with this."

Essex have been perennial nearly-men in limited-overs competitions, reaching a host opf quarter-finals in recent times without going on to land a top prize, but there is a fresh sense of ambition under their new chairman of cricket Ronnie Irani.

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  • siltbreeze on February 12, 2016, 10:29 GMT

    @TMA11 - 'Wayward and expensive'? Have you seen him bowl recently? A career economy rate of a fraction over 7 is outstanding for a seamer. Great signing for Essex - with Wahab and Milne there'll be some exciting fast bowling at Chelmsford this season.

  • SMART2014 on February 12, 2016, 9:37 GMT

    Over hyped bowler, Muhammad Amir would have been a better choice

  • Big_Chikka on February 11, 2016, 23:38 GMT

    played in england before, in essex league, good signing for t20

  • SJRN on February 11, 2016, 15:27 GMT

    At least he will get some favor from the wickets at last!

  • TMA11 on February 11, 2016, 13:30 GMT

    not that good a signing. Very wayward and expensive. All be it, he plays in Asia where there's very little help for the bowler. Will be good to see him get some exp while in England before the series.

  • cricfan21612470 on February 11, 2016, 11:34 GMT

    Good news. Will be exciting to watch Wahab in Natwest T20.

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