Pakistan news September 12, 2011

I want to represent Pakistan in all formats - Riaz

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Pakistan seamer Wahab Riaz has credited the series he played against Australia A two years back as being crucial in his development and believes he will become a complete bowler once he has perfected his inswinger.

"The great thing about that tour was that we were playing against a talented side," Riaz told PakPassion.net. "As a result, we also had to ensure that we were performing at a higher level and giving it our best. The thing is, when you are competing against a good side, you have to be more disciplined and you also learn to experiment a little bit.

"Personally, after playing against a strong opposition like Australia A in their conditions, I started to gain more confidence. I remember that in the very first innings I was able to grab five wickets against them. Consequently, the confidence I gained from that achievement, I never let go of it and have never looked back."

Riaz broke into the Test side in the 2010 tour of England that was eventually tainted by the spot-fixing scandal, but he made an impact right away, taking a five-for at The Oval on debut. His stock ball is the one that is angled away from the right-hander, but he is now developing the one that moves the other way. "I have been working very hard to develop the inswinging delivery and it is coming along. While it will take some time to perfect, I know that once it is perfected I will become a better all round bowler."

Riaz is confident he can develop the inswinger without ruining his natural ability to shape the ball away. "I have talked to Wasim Akram too and he has helped me a lot. I obviously can't develop deliveries and skills in just one month because for so many years, I have been bowling to my strength and sticking to basics. I know that people want to see the inswinger more often and God willing, this will happen. They [the fans] will have to wait just a little while longer."

Riaz was rested for Pakistan's ongoing tour of Zimbabwe and that gave him a chance to play country cricket for Kent, which he termed "a really good experience".

"After playing for Kent, with respect to the English conditions, you learn that one has to bowl differently every day, and you have to adjust relative to the wicket and match situation," he said.

Riaz currently averages 9.50 with the bat from seven Tests, but is confident that he can make a more substantial contribution. "At this point, I still need to focus a little bit more when batting and improve my concentration," he said. "I have been working hard to improve. Also, concerning my batting, the coaches at Kent have helped me a lot so when I play for Pakistan next time around, I will be a different batsman."

Riaz is capable of hitting 90 mph on a regular basis, which he puts down to working hard on his strength and fitness levels. "I have built up my strength and have also developed myself in this regards," he said. "While previously I was fast, now, in English County cricket this season, I have touched 93-94 mph quite regularly [in T20 games]. I always take care of my fitness and give it my full attention and that I believe is the main reason for the extra pace nowadays."

In an era when many bowlers have chosen to give up one or the other format, Riaz is confident he can manage to keep playing all three versions of the game. "It depends on your fitness level and your determination - what you want to do. Twenty20 and one-day cricket is basically entertainment cricket, for players who want to play less so they can play for a long time. But in my view, Test cricket is the real deal. I'm working hard on my fitness, and god-willing I will try my best to represent Pakistan in all formats for a long time."

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  • peshawarwazir on September 15, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    well this guy has the potential to be a good all rounder.My good advice for you Mr.Riaz is that often you run and deliver ball with full strength but you often think about the line and length>you have speed ,you have swing all what you need to be consistent in performance and always think about the line and length otherwise you will be thrown out of the park oftenly.If you manage good line and inswing delivery ,you will become a hard bowler for batsmen.Running hard is not all for a bowler but also run hard brain where to put urs delivery..wish u good luck

  • on September 15, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    i love this kind of determination by our bowlers...and really miss Muhammad Amir.... best of luck for the future Wahab Riaz...

  • on September 14, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    There was simply no point in resting in, Players like Wahab (another example is younis khan) only improve when they play, he is not a naturally talented player (like Aamir was) so he has to play as much as possible, that's the only way he can improve...

  • mensan on September 14, 2011, 2:11 GMT

    Please don't try to improve your batting, otherwise you will be next Irfan Pathan/Johnson. Just concentrate on your main job bowling. Make it better.

  • on September 13, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    He is one of our hope till Amir to come back

  • on September 13, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    he's a great talent. He has the best swinging yorker to left-handers in the world.

  • GreatWhitePathan on September 13, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    A left arm quick bowler is only half a bowler if he cant bowl inswing to right hand batsmen. His line is predictable and the batsmen know that nothing will swing back in... His inability to bowl inswing was clear the first time he played for Pakistan. I am shocked that a bowler of his quality has grown up without this delivery. And in all honestly, if he has been unable to develop this delivery with guidance from the likes of Wasim, Waqar and Aaqib Javed, then he will never be able to develop it. For Pakistan's sake and his own, I hope he improves quickly otherwise he wont last long.

  • mhk21 on September 13, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    he is a very inconsistent bowler ...like in the domestic matches in england he would take 4 wickets in a match and would go 9 an over in te next match ....if he wants to be take part in each format he has to be consistent at least like jhonson

  • Murad748 on September 13, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    My Advice to Wahab: Please always play for Pakistan not for own and not for money. We need some players like you. You are the hope.

  • El_Toro_Loco on September 13, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    This man is physically very well built for a genuine fast bowler, touching 93 ~94 mph regularly is quite an achievement and an age old dream of indian bowlers :p

  • peshawarwazir on September 15, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    well this guy has the potential to be a good all rounder.My good advice for you Mr.Riaz is that often you run and deliver ball with full strength but you often think about the line and length>you have speed ,you have swing all what you need to be consistent in performance and always think about the line and length otherwise you will be thrown out of the park oftenly.If you manage good line and inswing delivery ,you will become a hard bowler for batsmen.Running hard is not all for a bowler but also run hard brain where to put urs delivery..wish u good luck

  • on September 15, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    i love this kind of determination by our bowlers...and really miss Muhammad Amir.... best of luck for the future Wahab Riaz...

  • on September 14, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    There was simply no point in resting in, Players like Wahab (another example is younis khan) only improve when they play, he is not a naturally talented player (like Aamir was) so he has to play as much as possible, that's the only way he can improve...

  • mensan on September 14, 2011, 2:11 GMT

    Please don't try to improve your batting, otherwise you will be next Irfan Pathan/Johnson. Just concentrate on your main job bowling. Make it better.

  • on September 13, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    He is one of our hope till Amir to come back

  • on September 13, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    he's a great talent. He has the best swinging yorker to left-handers in the world.

  • GreatWhitePathan on September 13, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    A left arm quick bowler is only half a bowler if he cant bowl inswing to right hand batsmen. His line is predictable and the batsmen know that nothing will swing back in... His inability to bowl inswing was clear the first time he played for Pakistan. I am shocked that a bowler of his quality has grown up without this delivery. And in all honestly, if he has been unable to develop this delivery with guidance from the likes of Wasim, Waqar and Aaqib Javed, then he will never be able to develop it. For Pakistan's sake and his own, I hope he improves quickly otherwise he wont last long.

  • mhk21 on September 13, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    he is a very inconsistent bowler ...like in the domestic matches in england he would take 4 wickets in a match and would go 9 an over in te next match ....if he wants to be take part in each format he has to be consistent at least like jhonson

  • Murad748 on September 13, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    My Advice to Wahab: Please always play for Pakistan not for own and not for money. We need some players like you. You are the hope.

  • El_Toro_Loco on September 13, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    This man is physically very well built for a genuine fast bowler, touching 93 ~94 mph regularly is quite an achievement and an age old dream of indian bowlers :p

  • Romenevans on September 13, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    He is the next Mitchell Johnson. A very talented fast bowler. But he will be lost somewhere as time will progress. Just like what happened to sohail tanveer.

  • Ben1989 on September 13, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    nice to see a young player making that last comment, re. t20 & ODI's are for entertainment & test is the real deal, I totally agree, I watch test cricket to watch the sport at it's best & ODI/T20 for entertainment, it prove's to me that not all players are completely fixated to playing the shorter versions of the game..

  • on September 12, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    Play for your country, play for yourself in that order. There is no greater honor than to represent your country. Do it with skill, passion and dignity. Make us all proud of seeing you in action. You will earn the respect and love of your countrymen. We will wish you the best and pray for your success. With so many good wishes, you will not go wrong. Go and do it--- for Pakistan.

  • on September 12, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    Its wonderful to see Pakistans talented young bowlers rising up when given the right opportunities and the right atmosphere to excel and challenge. The batters are also showing a lot of talent. I think the future of cricket is secure if they take care of themselves as Pakistani stars and role models. Congratulations to all of them and also the management on doing a great job in difficult circumstances.

  • ather_aziz on September 12, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    I love the second last line he said that test cricket is the real deal for him right there he earned a lot of respect from me for the rest of his hopefully very long career

  • KarachiKid on September 12, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    He is talented but needs to start taking responsibility, especially while batting. With Umar Gul not really delivering to his potential especially in tests for some inexplcable reason, Riaz is one quickie that can take his role and become leader of the pack.

  • a.syed81 on September 12, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    Wish you BEST OF LUCK Bro, Can't wait to see your new inswinger. You are much needed since Shoaib Akhter has gone. Who know when Aamir will come back and how much time Junaid need to become like Aamir

  • on September 12, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    This bowler needs to work more on length and and direction and importantly able to bowl long overs. Obsession with speed and carelessness has broken many speedsters. And then follwed by different treatments to keep up with round the clock schedules, is finally where they break and some permanently. .

    (Internal- only for Riaz)

  • stark-truth on September 12, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    Extremely geared towards physical fitness, Wahab is a breath of fresh air.

  • Stark62 on September 12, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    He should teach Junaid is well.

    I don't know why Waqar hasn't told Junaid to get closer to the stumps in his delivery stride to get that inswinger going.

    I watched Junaid and Riaz in the T20's but Junaid was really impressive and his yorkers were just unplayable.

  • Hasso29 on September 12, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    nice. he is asset to pakistan!

  • on September 12, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    love ya ridz..after shobby now ur my ideal bowler

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  • on September 12, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    love ya ridz..after shobby now ur my ideal bowler

  • Hasso29 on September 12, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    nice. he is asset to pakistan!

  • Stark62 on September 12, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    He should teach Junaid is well.

    I don't know why Waqar hasn't told Junaid to get closer to the stumps in his delivery stride to get that inswinger going.

    I watched Junaid and Riaz in the T20's but Junaid was really impressive and his yorkers were just unplayable.

  • stark-truth on September 12, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    Extremely geared towards physical fitness, Wahab is a breath of fresh air.

  • on September 12, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    This bowler needs to work more on length and and direction and importantly able to bowl long overs. Obsession with speed and carelessness has broken many speedsters. And then follwed by different treatments to keep up with round the clock schedules, is finally where they break and some permanently. .

    (Internal- only for Riaz)

  • a.syed81 on September 12, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    Wish you BEST OF LUCK Bro, Can't wait to see your new inswinger. You are much needed since Shoaib Akhter has gone. Who know when Aamir will come back and how much time Junaid need to become like Aamir

  • KarachiKid on September 12, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    He is talented but needs to start taking responsibility, especially while batting. With Umar Gul not really delivering to his potential especially in tests for some inexplcable reason, Riaz is one quickie that can take his role and become leader of the pack.

  • ather_aziz on September 12, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    I love the second last line he said that test cricket is the real deal for him right there he earned a lot of respect from me for the rest of his hopefully very long career

  • on September 12, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    Its wonderful to see Pakistans talented young bowlers rising up when given the right opportunities and the right atmosphere to excel and challenge. The batters are also showing a lot of talent. I think the future of cricket is secure if they take care of themselves as Pakistani stars and role models. Congratulations to all of them and also the management on doing a great job in difficult circumstances.

  • on September 12, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    Play for your country, play for yourself in that order. There is no greater honor than to represent your country. Do it with skill, passion and dignity. Make us all proud of seeing you in action. You will earn the respect and love of your countrymen. We will wish you the best and pray for your success. With so many good wishes, you will not go wrong. Go and do it--- for Pakistan.