Pakistan v England 2011-12 December 27, 2011

Riaz relieved to be back after unexplained break

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Wahab Riaz, the Pakistan left-arm fast bowler, has said he is relieved to be back in the Test squad for the series against England, after an unexplained six-month break from international cricket. Riaz seemed to have cemented his place in the Pakistan team after an impressive introduction to international cricket but has found himself out of the national side after the tour of the West Indies in May this year.

His name had come up during the spot-fixing trial of Salman Butt, Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Amir in October. The prosecution read out a written statement by Pakistan's security manager, Major Khwaja Najam Javed, which said Najam had found Azhar Majeed, brother of player agent Mazhar Majeed who was convicted of spot-fixing, in Riaz's room in the company of Salman Butt and Kamran Akmal after midnight during The Oval Test match. At the time his name came up in the case Riaz was with the Pakistan Test squad in the UAE for a series against Sri Lanka but did not play any of the Tests and was sent home before the one-day series.

"I am happy and relaxed to be selected again," Riaz told ESPNcricinfo. "I am honoured that the PCB and the selectors have kept their faith in me and supported me all the way. It was a nagging situation for me when I was out and it's obviously difficult when you are not part of the national team despite having all the ability to represent them.

"It was tough not being part of the squad for some time. But I had a firm belief that things will be cleared; I don't want to get into the details. What I know is that I am ready for yet another stint. I have kept myself fit and in form while playing domestic cricket so I don't think I will face any difficulty."

Riaz's last Test match was against West Indies in May. After that he had a stint with Kent during the English domestic season and was rested for Pakistan's tour of Zimbabwe. He seemed set to return for the series against Sri Lanka but did not play a match and was subsequently left out of the squad for the tour of Bangladesh. In the meantime, he took 30 wickets for National Bank of Pakistan at an average of 24.86 in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Pakistan's first-class competition. He also got 213 runs in eight innings at an average of 35.50.

Riaz, 26, said he is working on troubling the England batsmen with pace during the Test series that starts in the third week of January. He is among two left-arm seamers in the Test squad, the other being Junaid Khan, who has taken 13 wickets in four Tests in Riaz's absence. Riaz said he had added to his game by improving his batting and wanted to help Pakistan continue their successful run.

"I am fully fit and in good rhythm to carry on. I'm focusing on speed and some variation in my deliveries. I am bowling at a speed of 150 kph and am useful with the bat down the order.

"Our team has done well through the year. The England series will be a tough one but we've got a good combination of bowlers. I will do my best to live up to the expectations."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • POSTED BY dodi4diana on | December 29, 2011, 23:58 GMT

    my best wishes to both teams.the spin bowlers of england have mushtaq as their coach.he knows our batting ang UAE pitches too.the players of both team are in such a form to poise this series with some gripping cricket.

  • POSTED BY ExplicitPlatinum on | December 29, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    @ jonnybtestmatch To be honest, will England survive in the UAE? Can their fast bowlers adapt to UAE pitches? The blazing heat will get to them. Swann will be decent but Pakistan's pace attack will perform better than England's pace attack. We wouldn't have to worry about Strauss or Cook at all. We are only wary of Trott, Bell, KP(Sometimes), Morgan and Swann. I would understand you not fearing Hafeez's batting but Azhar can stay at the crease for long periods of time and can frustrate the bowlers. England have got to worry about Hafeez(Bowling), Azhar, Younis, Misbah, Umar Akmal, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz and Umar Gul(Sometimes depending if he delivers a yorker). Personally, I have not seen any preparation of England towards Pakistan as Pakistan will be a dangerous opposition towards England. The only thing I have seen is England bringing in Panesar of whom I believe, will not be a threat to Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY irfankiani on | December 29, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    good luck wahab riaz. think we don't need to wait for aamir we have much better bowlers like wahab ,talha,tanveer ahmed,anwar ali, junaid ,umer gul and cheema

  • POSTED BY smalishah84 on | December 29, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    woohoo.......Riaz is back and bowling at pace......

  • POSTED BY jonnybtestmatch on | December 29, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    England have struggled in the sub continent in the past because they have had a poor side ill suited to the conditions. Now England have a class side, with a class spinner and class players of spin bowling. I think Pakistan will choke the minute their batting is put under pressure and England should win this series easily. The attack of Pakistan is good, but not great like their fans are led to believe. I belive Morgan will hold the key for England in this series, as he can murder the spinners if he gets going. Bell is a brilliant player of spin too and I can't see him haveing troble with the chucker Ajmal and the medium pacer Rehman. At worst England will draw, as the pitches are dead and offer no assistance to anyone. But as for Pakistan winning 3-0 then you must be kidding. Trust me no-one in worlkd cricket fears Azhar Ai and Hafeez.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    1.Hafeez 2.Tufeeq 3.Azher ali 4.Yunas 5.Misbaha 6.Umer akmal 7.Adnan akmal 8.WAHAB 9.Gul 10.Junaid 11.Ajmal final test elevn mentioned so need to persist with this lineup in three test matches,england have to face musizk this time,m gona tell u now every series will be clean sweep from pakistan. they are hungery now ..common rock pakistan team

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    After reading many comments from some English fans, I think they Should not be very over confident about their team, they only played 2 t20s in UAE as I remember so it might be difficult for them to adjust the conditions.Also Pakistanis don't have a bad test record in UAE so the series will be a 50/50 for both sides.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    Where is Anwar Ali, He is the best fast bowler in Karachi.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    hope pakistan win the series! umer gul, wahab riaz, and mohammad talha should be the pacemen for the first est.

  • POSTED BY rivernile on | December 29, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    @BarmyIan - Don't be too confident mate. I think that Pakistan has the bowlers to keep the deep English batting line up in check. I do however think that England will win the series, but it will be close (unlike the India test series)

  • POSTED BY dodi4diana on | December 29, 2011, 23:58 GMT

    my best wishes to both teams.the spin bowlers of england have mushtaq as their coach.he knows our batting ang UAE pitches too.the players of both team are in such a form to poise this series with some gripping cricket.

  • POSTED BY ExplicitPlatinum on | December 29, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    @ jonnybtestmatch To be honest, will England survive in the UAE? Can their fast bowlers adapt to UAE pitches? The blazing heat will get to them. Swann will be decent but Pakistan's pace attack will perform better than England's pace attack. We wouldn't have to worry about Strauss or Cook at all. We are only wary of Trott, Bell, KP(Sometimes), Morgan and Swann. I would understand you not fearing Hafeez's batting but Azhar can stay at the crease for long periods of time and can frustrate the bowlers. England have got to worry about Hafeez(Bowling), Azhar, Younis, Misbah, Umar Akmal, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz and Umar Gul(Sometimes depending if he delivers a yorker). Personally, I have not seen any preparation of England towards Pakistan as Pakistan will be a dangerous opposition towards England. The only thing I have seen is England bringing in Panesar of whom I believe, will not be a threat to Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY irfankiani on | December 29, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    good luck wahab riaz. think we don't need to wait for aamir we have much better bowlers like wahab ,talha,tanveer ahmed,anwar ali, junaid ,umer gul and cheema

  • POSTED BY smalishah84 on | December 29, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    woohoo.......Riaz is back and bowling at pace......

  • POSTED BY jonnybtestmatch on | December 29, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    England have struggled in the sub continent in the past because they have had a poor side ill suited to the conditions. Now England have a class side, with a class spinner and class players of spin bowling. I think Pakistan will choke the minute their batting is put under pressure and England should win this series easily. The attack of Pakistan is good, but not great like their fans are led to believe. I belive Morgan will hold the key for England in this series, as he can murder the spinners if he gets going. Bell is a brilliant player of spin too and I can't see him haveing troble with the chucker Ajmal and the medium pacer Rehman. At worst England will draw, as the pitches are dead and offer no assistance to anyone. But as for Pakistan winning 3-0 then you must be kidding. Trust me no-one in worlkd cricket fears Azhar Ai and Hafeez.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    1.Hafeez 2.Tufeeq 3.Azher ali 4.Yunas 5.Misbaha 6.Umer akmal 7.Adnan akmal 8.WAHAB 9.Gul 10.Junaid 11.Ajmal final test elevn mentioned so need to persist with this lineup in three test matches,england have to face musizk this time,m gona tell u now every series will be clean sweep from pakistan. they are hungery now ..common rock pakistan team

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    After reading many comments from some English fans, I think they Should not be very over confident about their team, they only played 2 t20s in UAE as I remember so it might be difficult for them to adjust the conditions.Also Pakistanis don't have a bad test record in UAE so the series will be a 50/50 for both sides.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    Where is Anwar Ali, He is the best fast bowler in Karachi.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    hope pakistan win the series! umer gul, wahab riaz, and mohammad talha should be the pacemen for the first est.

  • POSTED BY rivernile on | December 29, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    @BarmyIan - Don't be too confident mate. I think that Pakistan has the bowlers to keep the deep English batting line up in check. I do however think that England will win the series, but it will be close (unlike the India test series)

  • POSTED BY pak78 on | December 29, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    can wait 4 wahab to bowl at trott jan 17 cooooooooom on team pak v love yaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • POSTED BY Happy_AusBang on | December 28, 2011, 22:02 GMT

    @Kamster-2000, one of the very important principles is "innocent until proven guilty" and to respect the rule of law. There was some doubt about Riaz and that is why he was off the team for a considerable period. It seems they could not find anything specific against him. So he is back in the team and should be allowed to move on. If PCB wants to keep an eye on him that is fair enough; but we should not continue to hound him simply based on suspicion when he has been cleared by the Board.

  • POSTED BY Shah-Ji on | December 28, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    Why He is ranked as LFM ,With 150K He should be ranked as LF

  • POSTED BY rivernile on | December 28, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    If having too many good fast bowlers is a problem, then I wish we (Bangladesh) would have that problem. I think Riaz is excellent and Pakistan should take all 3 fast bowlers in the squad against England. I wonder what will happen once Aamer finishes his jail term. Maybe one of these guys can take up Bangladeshi citizenship? :)

  • POSTED BY BarmyIan on | December 28, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    1st Test will be close but England will win it, they then run away with the rest of the series! A bit like we did to India. Dont care about the hit and giggle ODIs and t20s afterwards. Would of been better to cancel them and play 5 tests instead.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    @Sheikh Hammadh Abdur Rahman, have you paid any attention to the news this year? Amir pleaded guilty and can't play for at least 5 years. Even if he returns to Pakistan, it'd be over halfway through the decade before you see him playing if at all!

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    don't forget Mohd Talha who is in squad and faster than both of these, he touches 150 occasionally, so he should get a chance now

  • POSTED BY Kamster-2000 on | December 28, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    Im amazed that the majority of my fellow Pak supporters are happy with the inclusion of Wahab Riaz.

    As talented as he may be, there will always be a question mark against his name (along with Kamran and Umar Akmal) and will always will be tainted in the eyes of many.

    Not so long ago the 3 players found guilty shamed the nation, and the PCB have taken another step backwards with the inclusion.

    Principles should always come first, but the PCB is making the same old mistakes I'm afraid!

  • POSTED BY spence1324 on | December 28, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    @Front foot lunge,totaly agree with you I dont feel good about him in there squad and I am not talking about his abilities on the field....

  • POSTED BY S.Kamran.Ali on | December 28, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    I think it will be dificult to pick the fast bowlers in the final 11 because janaid done very well aginst sri lanka and chema did good job in bangladesh and now wahab riaz is also in the sqaud.

  • POSTED BY swingstowin on | December 28, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    as glad as i am to see wahab riaz back in the side,i just hope he's not preferred over Junaid Khan. They both basically bowl at at around 140 Ks,but Junaid has more control over swing and line and length in general! Plus Junaid knows the pitches in UAE better than Riaz,having recently played on 'em...and i really dont see both of them playing together in a test match with the likes of Gul and Cheema also in the squad.. Good news for Pakistan cricket never-the-less.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | December 28, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    No sense talking about the cricket after what happened last year. Some things take precedence over a game of cricket I'm afraid.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    Well i think tanvir ahmed should have been included in the squad. he took 6 wckts in an innings in his debut against SA.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | December 28, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    Riaz has to do something extra ordinary against Eng to cement his place.......Pak has the best of fast bowling talent & there is always a fight for places..........if one goes another new talent arrives in the scene............talented Junaid & Cheema are good examples in recent times....Good Luck !!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    I think Umer Gul has lost the rhythm and he is feeling the pressure due to the added responsibility of Lead Man of the Pace attack. I think its Time for Pakistan Cricket Board to make a Pool of Fast Bowlers, trained and groomed them to revive the Fast Bowling Art in Pakistan....!!

  • POSTED BY Praxis on | December 28, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    @sarath, this guy bowled over 90 mph consistently in WI.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    I want to know that if M.Aamir comes to Pakistan will he joint to the squad or W.Riaz will remain as a left arm seemer? Please tell me through email abdurrahman.hammadh@gmail.com!

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    this is good move from the pak selector to call back riaz. he is potential guy and have much application to contribute with the tough opponent like eng. another guy omar is always rearded as the next future of batting line up. pak should stick upon their selection for a couple of series. if any body fails o perform then it can be reshuffled. frequent change is nothing but losing confidence of players.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    @ibbani pak do not need to play swing bowling well in U.A.E ....I guess you dont really watch cricket cause the bowl doesnt swing in U.A.E

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    @ shamlaatu don't embarrass yourself. Wahab is a gr bowler and he will show that against England. Just wait and watch !

  • POSTED BY AnotherCricketer on | December 28, 2011, 1:22 GMT

    @ shamlaatu ... you have a point. I think both Junaid and Cheema are better bowlers to date since they bowl mostly consistent line and length and take wickets as well. Riaz can be lethal on a good day, OR not a factor at all. Though he said he was working hard and I hope he gets to reap the rewards in this England series.

  • POSTED BY shamlaatu on | December 27, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    A pretty ordinary bowler in my opinion. Together with a subtle sling in his arm he has a horrible and an un-fixable wrist position that even Wasim and Waqar couldn't fix. Many of the times he has displayed an absolutely poor control on line and length without showing much signs of swing and movement. He also lacks versatility, does not even have a potent slow ball or a slow bouncer. Not sure what the hype is all about ??

  • POSTED BY Viva_Afridi10 on | December 27, 2011, 22:59 GMT

    This is great- Riaz showed us his potential before his break and also batted pretty well with kent. What happened to tanvir ahmed? He was doing very well a few months ago but didnt play against sri lanka and bangladesh. It shows how deep pak's fast bowling pool is, since we didnt really miss Tanvir Ahmed or Riaz against SL

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 21:19 GMT

    @Sarath - Yep, he does. He was bowling in the early 90s (mph) on his test debut. I've seen him crank it up to 94-96 mph.

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    Wahab+Gul+Junaid+Abdur Rehman+Ajmal =Lethal Attack

  • POSTED BY WeeBee on | December 27, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    oooo yeah! Wahab is Back! ... come on wahab show ENGLISH what you are capable of. i am glad he is clear and come back strongly! .. he will defintely perform! . he wants to stick with the team now! .. after losing amir ... we really needed someone experienced.

  • POSTED BY GreenTeam-Elite on | December 27, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    Thanks GOD After Six Months of period finally an other Fast bowler is Back. Our fast bowling unit was looking weak after asif, amir!!! But now I feel it will Good with Umar, Junaid and Riaz!!! I think waseem should find little time to give some useful tips to these three fast bowlers which will help Pak Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    lesson for you kiddo..! from here onwards keep yourself out of all the match fixing dirt ...

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | December 27, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    @ sarath kv

    What planet are you on?

    He consistently bowls around the 86-92mph and you should check out his performance against Ind in the semi-final for evidence.

  • POSTED BY mustufa on | December 27, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    Misbah will do what he wants to, plz keep your advise to yourself, he turned this team arnd, trust him, shut it and watch the game.

  • POSTED BY ICET on | December 27, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    I think many people would agree with me team for tests....1.M HAFFEZ 2 T UMER 3. A ALI 4. Y KHAN 5.M HAQ 6 U AKMAL 7 A AKMAL 8 W RIAZ 9 U GUL 10 S AJAML 11 A REHAMN/J KHAN depending on pitch...I would even like S ahmed as keeper than A Akmal.. Back up have A Shafiq...

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | December 27, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    I, for one am disappointing to see the inclusion of Wahab Riaz. He was caught and found though there was no hard proof but to me he will always be tainted. I understand he might have been pressurized by Butt and others but then Zulfiqar Haider was too and he took the high road. The likes of Kamran Akmal, Wahab and Shoaib Malik needs to be kept at distant.

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    at last due to batting pitches of UAE Pakistan has picked him for final 16s but dont know that is he gonna be in final 11. ? yeah he has great stamina and has dangerous toe crushes, OHH cant forget that one in WC2011, which he bowled to Yuvi. was stunned on that time.

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    Typically Pakistan has yet another very good fast bowler. Really impressed with his bowling against India in the WC. Hopefully this will make the team better balanced and bring some might back to the sub continent as SL is struggling and England needs to be a given a tough challenge to prove they are genuine number 1.

  • POSTED BY BravoBravo on | December 27, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    @Waqar Hasan: ENG is not highly ranked than PAK in all three formats of the game. Justifiably, PAK (109 points) is above ENG (106 points) in the list of ODI ranking. Welcome back Mr. Riaz. The ENG vs PAK sereis is looking pretty good. PCB do me a favor, please bring in prolific batsman named Md. Yousuf. It will be an herculean effort to beat ENG in tests. Though anything is possible as their is no dominant force, like WI and AUS, in cricket anymore.

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    @Sarath KV, from what I remember of him from the earlier part of the year, he was hitting the mid-late 140's, even in India. 150km/h doesn't sound far-fetched for him, but I hope he hasn't been involved in the scandal in any way. The last thing world cricket needs is to have to lose another talented left arm fast bowler....

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    @Sarath KV, from what I remember of him from the earlier part of the year, he was hitting the mid-late 140's, even in India. 150km/h doesn't sound far-fetched for him, but I hope he hasn't been involved in the scandal in any way. The last thing world cricket needs is to have to lose another talented left arm fast bowler....

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    he took 5 wicket haul in semi final of WC and PCB dropped him, but gud to see him back, hopefully he'll stick around this time.

  • POSTED BY Jarr30 on | December 27, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Riaz is just an average bowler who's medium fast. He cannot trouble our batsmen. Pakistan is just lucky that they are playing all their tests in dubai.

  • POSTED BY PakiPassion on | December 27, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    @sarath kv Wahab Riaz is genuine quickie... 150kph + is not medium pace :)

  • POSTED BY bilalAWAN on | December 27, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    @Waqar Hasan pakistan ranked higher than england in ODIs. Pakistan at No.5 and England at 6.

  • POSTED BY sunnymachoo on | December 27, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    if its really 150, then thats great!! i just hope so...

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    The XI for the 1st test should be : 1. Hafeez 2.Taufeeq 3.Azhar Ali 4.Younis Khan 5.Misbah 6.Umar Akmal 7.Adnan Akmal 8.Wahab Riaz 9.Saeed Ajmal 10.Umar Gul 11.Junaid Khan THIS IS THE BEST XI as far as i think!

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    Wahab Riaz must play the 1st test. Umar Gul,Junaid should be there as well in the pace attack. The bowling line up is perfect. England have struggled against left-armers and it will be yet again a test of their batting skills. I hope Pakistan wins it 2-0 or even 3-0 given the form they are in. Wahab's batting has really improved. Good to see that.

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    young blood come back in pakistan team i love to see back umer akmal best of luck pakistan team

  • POSTED BY USAPakCricFollower on | December 27, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    Bowling at 150kph? We'll have to see if he can back that up or is it just posturing. If it is true then he should be successful against England. It will be a tough call for the selectors as I believe they will choose only 2 fast bowlers while choosing 2 spinners as well. So who will it be between Gul, Junaid and Wahab?

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    He has the talent and must be given this whole series to play along wth Umer gul.

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    Excellent news for Pakistan ahead of the all important tour.I hope he has worked hard on his in-swinger.He'll need plenty of pace and swing to counter the english batsmen.Pakistan is set to play a team ranked higher than them in all 3 formats.So there's plenty to play for.All of a sudden,Pakistan's bowling attack is looking a lot more potent.I hope Misbah adopts a more aggressive strategy against England.Playing a test match with 2 fast bowlers is not the most sagacious thing to do.

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    The attack looks better with the inclusion of Riaz. He is a genuine quickie, a rare breed~!

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    wahab inclusion is critical Pakistan should play junaid riaz and gul three seamers in all three tests with either ajmal or rehman cos hafeez is already there in spin department.

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    Well I am with the opinion that he is a much better option in test cricket as compared to Razzaq and Malik because he can trouble the batsmen with his pace and he is a good batsmen low down the order.

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    Hopefully Riaz is clean as his name has been mentioned around in the scandal

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    Excellent news for Pakistan ahead of the all important tour.I hope he has worked hard on his in-swinger.He'll need plenty of pace and swing to counter the english batsmen.Pakistan is set to play a team ranked higher than them in all 3 formats.So there's plenty to play for.All of a sudden,Pakistan's bowling attack is looking a lot more potent.I hope Misbah adopts a more aggressive strategy against England.Playing a test match with 2 fast bowlers is not the most sagacious thing to do.

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    does he bowl 150 kmph? he was a medium fast bowler i recon

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    good decision by PCB !! new management doing well so far !!

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    yeh he has a gud average and his handy in taking wickets

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    Wahan and Junaid should lead the attack ahead of Gull

  • POSTED BY ibbani on | December 27, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    3-0 England will win, Pak cant play swing bowling.

  • POSTED BY fazaian on | December 27, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    There is question mark on the selection of Junaid Khan. He has been replaced in the place of Khalil. He has been dropped without playing any game against Bangladash. I think it is not good for a bowler who took 81 wickets in last season and before going to Bangladash he took 45 wickets in 8 matches. I think it is a disappointing thing for a bowler who performed well and he has been dropped without giving him chance.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | December 27, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    Welcome back Riaz! Go all out to hammer England 3-0 in the tests! Whole Pakistan team should think it is totally disappointing if England cannot be beaten 3-0 in the tests.

  • POSTED BY Omarrz on | December 27, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    To be honest, I think we all are giving too much respect to England. They suck in sub-continent and middle east. They don't stand a chance against Pak bowlers specially spinners.

  • POSTED BY shahab2058 on | December 27, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    I hope Riaz will do well throughout the UAE tour.He got pace , swing and energy. His In and reverse swing deliveries at an average of 142-145 ks will surely tease English batsmen in all formats of the game.

  • POSTED BY podichetty on | December 27, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    hey......do pakistan have a factory somewhere in which they keep on producing these fast bowlers....please let us indians know the technology !

  • POSTED BY Rakim on | December 27, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    Woah, Pak bowling is so strong. I wish e had a machine: Input:Bowler Output:Batsman ;D

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    cool ! Very Good Step by PCB Selection Comity Side Welcome Back Whab Riaz We Miss You ....

  • POSTED BY cricketcrazy555 on | December 27, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    Riaz is a very exciting talent, gud to C him bak in the squad. England have play out of their skins to maintain their Number 1 ranking in the list.

  • POSTED BY haq33 on | December 27, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Hope Riaz gets to bowl at whinging Trott. Will be a wake-up call for the English when they realise that Pakistan's bowlers can actually destroy them if they are fired up mentally, just like the good old days in the 90's. Pakistan are hot like wildfire in the desert, maybe England should just stay padded up in their nice cool hotel rooms with a bucket of ice.

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    go riaz go i think riaz is the most sensational bowler in the international cricket at present

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    Pakistan bowling attack is now truly at its best now that Wahab is back....cheers

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    it is a very good sign for pakistan and now we have got a strong bowling unit

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    Its about time tht pcb are taking the step forward for better of pakistan cricket,atleast it shows positive approach made by the board n the results are their to justify tht if u hv honest ppl around the pcb thn the results will b achieved.good luck to u guys in the series against England.

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    hope no more no ball from him :(

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    hope nomore no ball from him:(

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    In addition of Wahab Riaz & Junaid Khan so there is no place for Aizaz Cheema.....Selectors should consider any young allrounder like Hammad Azam with these type of tough series for future because he is an asset & replacement of Abdul Razzaq.

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    Good edition! we have a great chance to beat the no 1 side in the world!

  • POSTED BY Gizza on | December 27, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Wahab, Aizaz and Junaid along with Ajmal look like a powerful quartet! It is relieving that Pakistan have found another batch of talented bowlers after the spot fixing scandal. Incredible depth. But they are foolish for bringing back Umar Akmal who is a T20 bat at best. But he may do well considering the English bowlers will struggle in weather 20 degrees hotter than their own "summer".

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    I like this guy, he is passionate and aggressive thats what makes fast bowler more thrilling to watch.. i'm very happy to see him back in action. We were badly missing pacers in a team and he is the only one we got who can bowl 150KM/h.

  • POSTED BY Wazirabadi on | December 27, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    This guy has heart and speed. You need both to beat top team like England.

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    yeh aizaz cheema out n wahab in....

  • POSTED BY OhhhMattyMatty on | December 27, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    Strauss, Cook, Trott, KP, Bell, Morgan, Prior, Bresnan, Broad, Swann. 500+ every innings.

  • POSTED BY AnotherCricketer on | December 27, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    There is no doubt in my mind that he can be the bowler to watch for this series. If Riaz can manage to bowl with a good line and length, he can trouble most batsmen on a good day. Let's see ...

  • POSTED BY smc101 on | December 27, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    Aitzaz Hussain. On what evidence do u base your ludicrous claim. Remember England are a team that have demolished India and Australia of recent times, whereas Pakistan have beaten the mighty Bangladesh - a team do poor that many feel they do not deserve Test status!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    all of a sudden he's back and says i don;t want to go into the details of how he got back....hmmmmmmmm anyone else smell a safarish here too?!?

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    Aitzaz Hussain Every one knows that :) but the matter is batting

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    with so much under the carpet its a suprise the PCB CAN WALK ACROSS THE ROOM

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    Pakistan will need his aggression against England. Specially for Trott

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    he isss faasssssssssssssst and rythm bowler...................grt newssss

  • POSTED BY wnwn on | December 27, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    For me he has to play all 3 test matches because he has taken 7 wickets in 2 test matches against England with a best of 5-63.

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    Pakistan bowling attack can demolish English batting line now.

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  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    Pakistan bowling attack can demolish English batting line now.

  • POSTED BY wnwn on | December 27, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    For me he has to play all 3 test matches because he has taken 7 wickets in 2 test matches against England with a best of 5-63.

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    he isss faasssssssssssssst and rythm bowler...................grt newssss

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    Pakistan will need his aggression against England. Specially for Trott

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    with so much under the carpet its a suprise the PCB CAN WALK ACROSS THE ROOM

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    Aitzaz Hussain Every one knows that :) but the matter is batting

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    all of a sudden he's back and says i don;t want to go into the details of how he got back....hmmmmmmmm anyone else smell a safarish here too?!?

  • POSTED BY smc101 on | December 27, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    Aitzaz Hussain. On what evidence do u base your ludicrous claim. Remember England are a team that have demolished India and Australia of recent times, whereas Pakistan have beaten the mighty Bangladesh - a team do poor that many feel they do not deserve Test status!!

  • POSTED BY AnotherCricketer on | December 27, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    There is no doubt in my mind that he can be the bowler to watch for this series. If Riaz can manage to bowl with a good line and length, he can trouble most batsmen on a good day. Let's see ...

  • POSTED BY OhhhMattyMatty on | December 27, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    Strauss, Cook, Trott, KP, Bell, Morgan, Prior, Bresnan, Broad, Swann. 500+ every innings.