Pakistan in South Africa 2012-13 February 27, 2013

Wahab Riaz hungry to perform in SA

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Pakistani left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz has said he is desperate to bowl on the lively South African pitches, ahead of the limited-overs leg that starts on March 1. Riaz was not part of the Test side that was blanked 3-0 by South Africa and has worked hard on his fitness in this period.

"I am super fit at the moment and in the best form," Riaz said. "I have a lot to offer to my captain and coach. I am desperate to bowl on the surfaces in South Africa. I can bowl fast, and conditions are well suited for me to bowl reverse swing as well."

His last ODI appearance was against India during the Asia Cup in 2012. He was selected as part of the Pakistan squad that toured India in December last year, but didn't make it into the playing eleven. The selectors however, have retained him for the South Africa ODIs and T20s, and he is likely to make it to the XI.

Riaz admitted the time away from international cricket was frustrating, but he kept himself match fit. He recently recorded his best first-class figures of 9 for 59 in a Quaid-e-Azam trophy match.

"I have managed myself very well. I have been playing hockey for the last one-and-a-half months to build up my thighs for the South African grounds, which are a bit harder. I recently took nine wickets in an innings, which shows my form," he said. "It always feel good when the selectors tap your shoulder to give you a go, but it's frustrating when you are not able to make it to the XI."

Riaz, 27, impressed during his debut series 2008 against Zimbabwe. He also had a good start to Test cricket, taking a five-for against England in August 2010. He picked up his maiden ODI five-wicket haul during the World Cup semi-final against India, but was not able to cement his place.

"I know things weren't right sometimes, and I wavered and leaked so many runs," he said. "When you are representing your country, you are pumped up and trying to give your hundred per cent. Some days nothing works in your favour, but you move on and come back after working on your deficiency.

"Fast bowlers are always emotional and aggressive - they need time to settle. I still have a case to prove, and I believe this South Africa tour will be an ideal opportunity for me to showcase my abilities."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • dontlikecricket on March 2, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    I am not sure how improved is Wahab now. Only speed is not good enough at this level. Good control, line & length and ability to swing the ball is essential at international level. Sami had pace but no control otherwise he would have been a success. Only time will tell how good is Wahab now. Bowlers like Philander, Wasim etc were not express pace but had great control and ability to swing (especially Wasim Akram with both, old and new ball). I am not saying Wahab should be as good as Wasim, Waqar etc however if he is half decent as those greats, he will have a good future ahead.

  • ranaanees on March 1, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    wahab will be Ok but Junaid Khan has recovered from injury. So it ll be a tough decision whom to be included in playing XI

  • RDLikesCricket on March 1, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Did not see Pak use a lot of Junaid Khan in the Test series... he bowled well in India recently... Junaid, Riaz, Gul, Ajmal and Hafeez with support from Malik will be a good bowling combo... Hoping to see Pak give some grief to SA in the shorter formats... Good luck

  • keptalittlelow on March 1, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Wahab Riaz will do well in the series I am sure. I think we should not let the humiliation in the test series impact the T20 and ODI series. England lost 3-0 against us in UAE still they came hard on us in T20 and ODIs and defeated us and were able to take something back. We need wins of any kind to restore our confidence.

  • on March 1, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    riaz has a good chance pak should go after proteas

  • on March 1, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    riaz is good bowler and PAK have quality 20/20 side they should make life tough for proteas this time

  • ABLcric on March 1, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    C'mon Boyz!! Just win one match and all mind set will change. Everyone (media, ex-cricketers, and public) will forget the Test matches. That's how it has been in Pakistan all the time. One good performance and "all is well". SA has been struggling lately in T20s and ODIs. Pakistan should strategize and take the advantage of their weaknesses. I think, the quality of fielding will determine the difference between both teams. Good Luck Pakistan!

  • on February 28, 2013, 22:46 GMT

    I think choosing riaz is a nice idea... let irfan be there in playing eleven as we will have three quicks wahab irfan n gul so. saeed n hafeez for spin a very nice combination it will surely work...

  • Desihungama on February 28, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    If there is one erratic bowler, that's Wahab Riaz. Never understood when things don't go bowler's way why then bowl even faster and get smack for boundaries and extras? Everyone wants to be a Shoaib Akhtar in their own.

  • on February 28, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    wahab riaz shud take the place of Muhammad Irfan

  • dontlikecricket on March 2, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    I am not sure how improved is Wahab now. Only speed is not good enough at this level. Good control, line & length and ability to swing the ball is essential at international level. Sami had pace but no control otherwise he would have been a success. Only time will tell how good is Wahab now. Bowlers like Philander, Wasim etc were not express pace but had great control and ability to swing (especially Wasim Akram with both, old and new ball). I am not saying Wahab should be as good as Wasim, Waqar etc however if he is half decent as those greats, he will have a good future ahead.

  • ranaanees on March 1, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    wahab will be Ok but Junaid Khan has recovered from injury. So it ll be a tough decision whom to be included in playing XI

  • RDLikesCricket on March 1, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Did not see Pak use a lot of Junaid Khan in the Test series... he bowled well in India recently... Junaid, Riaz, Gul, Ajmal and Hafeez with support from Malik will be a good bowling combo... Hoping to see Pak give some grief to SA in the shorter formats... Good luck

  • keptalittlelow on March 1, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Wahab Riaz will do well in the series I am sure. I think we should not let the humiliation in the test series impact the T20 and ODI series. England lost 3-0 against us in UAE still they came hard on us in T20 and ODIs and defeated us and were able to take something back. We need wins of any kind to restore our confidence.

  • on March 1, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    riaz has a good chance pak should go after proteas

  • on March 1, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    riaz is good bowler and PAK have quality 20/20 side they should make life tough for proteas this time

  • ABLcric on March 1, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    C'mon Boyz!! Just win one match and all mind set will change. Everyone (media, ex-cricketers, and public) will forget the Test matches. That's how it has been in Pakistan all the time. One good performance and "all is well". SA has been struggling lately in T20s and ODIs. Pakistan should strategize and take the advantage of their weaknesses. I think, the quality of fielding will determine the difference between both teams. Good Luck Pakistan!

  • on February 28, 2013, 22:46 GMT

    I think choosing riaz is a nice idea... let irfan be there in playing eleven as we will have three quicks wahab irfan n gul so. saeed n hafeez for spin a very nice combination it will surely work...

  • Desihungama on February 28, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    If there is one erratic bowler, that's Wahab Riaz. Never understood when things don't go bowler's way why then bowl even faster and get smack for boundaries and extras? Everyone wants to be a Shoaib Akhtar in their own.

  • on February 28, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    wahab riaz shud take the place of Muhammad Irfan

  • Cricket_Man on February 28, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    On the South African pitches, people who say that we should go with two PROPER spinners are really quite innocent. Ajmal and Hafeez (The allrounder) are enough. 3 fast bowlers are a must. Those who say Riaz leaks run must see his current domestic stats. Yes, they aren't out of this world but they show that he has improved. You've got to give him a chance to show that he has improved. You can't just discard him. This option of discarding should be applied on Gul, who inspite of being the most experienced bowler in the team, keeps on leaking runs. He has become a lazy bowler who takes at least two overs just to warm-up. Reason for this laziness is that he has been guaranteed a place in the side. Enough of Umar bhai.

  • xylofon on February 28, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Riaz rose mostly to fame due to performing well against india but the truth is - as he admits in the article above - leaking runs is his big problem anyway. I do believe he is a good bowler but definately not great, Pakistan has the likes of Junaid Khan and Umar gul - no need for Riaz when spin must play people are Ajmal & Rehman.

    Considering the amount of talent in Pakistans bowling attack there is no room for the likes of Riaz.

    Most importantly - where is Fawad Alam, Babar Azam (best batsman in Pakistan), Hammad Azam (t20)?

  • Cricket_Man on February 28, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Wow, we've got ourselves a few hungry players. First we had hungry Abbot and now hungry Riaz. Riaz is a good bowler but he needs to show patience in his bowling. At times he gets too overambitious to get wickets and as a result leak runs, buckets of them. He's a good lower order slogger too which is good for the weak Pakistani batting lineup. I'll have him ahead of Gul. This is my one day team: 1)Jamshed, 2) Hafeez, 3) Shafiq, 4) Misbah, 5) U.Akmal, 6) Malik, 7) K. Akmal, 8) Riaz, 9) Ajmal, 10) Junaid Khan, 11) Irfan. No place for Afridi as he doesn't deserve to be even in the squad. Younis is good and experienced but he bats a bit slowly plus he is not our future. No place for Gul because he takes his place for granted.

  • on February 28, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    saboor_khan your expectation are right in T20 but in ODI i think it would be 3-2..

  • on February 28, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Pakistan should not play this one day series as we played so badly in test series. Strange batting and bowing plus selection. We need to concentrate on our own IPL before we think about touring again.

  • Batmanindallas on February 28, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Pakistan has not handled its fast bowling resources well. They have so much talent who perform and then gone like the shooting star. Whatever be the reason it is purely bad management.....

  • wrenx on February 28, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    @ I don't think focussing on pitches is quite right. Pakistan have a decent record in England and New Zealand, on pitches very different from their own, and have recorded some impressive wins there for a touring side. The reason they have lost to South Africa isn't to do with the pitches, it's because South Africa are too strong a side for Pakistan - they were only troubled for about 2 days of the entire test series. Same goes for Pakistan in Australia, they've been outplayed by the opposition, not outplayed by the pitch

  • wrenx on February 28, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    @indiasucksgobd I agree, in limited overs cricket, I'd pick Shakib over Hafeez every time. Shakib's main problem is that his side lets him down far too often, and he's carrying his team, especially when Tamim and Mushfiqur aren't performing. At least Hafeez has (slightly) more reliable support from his team that allows him to perform (or even underperform)

  • wrenx on February 28, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Hopefully we'll see a new and improved Wahab rather than an extras-machine. He's quick, but the last time he was on the international scene, his control was poor and he didn't seem to have an in-swinger against the right-handers.

    I'm not too optimistic that this will be a closely-fought ODI series - Pakistan's limited-overs cricket has been very, very poor for the last few years, they've totally lost the rhythm of the game, especially against decent opponents. And for all those criticising Misbah and Azhar, I wonder if you'll change your minds if Pakistan start to struggle to bat out 50 overs, let alone put runs on the board.

  • on February 28, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    many coments here with teams for 1st match, guys most have addded 2 fast bowlers? its in SA not in Asia that you have added tons of spin. we need 3 fast bowlers there. Thats why pakistan is lacking a good medium pace batting allrounder which can go as 3rd seamer.

    Afridi will also be included and that makes pakistan's batting more weak as it will be 3fast bowlers+ajmal+afridi = 5 and a long tail. Afridi can play as a batsman (which he isnt any more ) otherwise as bowler on these conditions he should not be included if ajmal is playing. but as they put him on tour so they cant keep him on bench.

    Hafeez should not open. 1- Ahmed 2- kamran 3-nasir 4- hafeez 5- Umar 6- umar amin / malik 7- Malik / Afridi ( as afridi is on tour otherwise not) 8- Gul 9- Ajmal - 10- wahab 11- irfan Junaid is injured so not optioin

  • on February 28, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    yes with the current resources and junaid injured and the tested new guys, wahab is good and better than those. speedy and can move ball. but only problem he is inconsistent. if he can control it then good choice now.

  • saboor_khan on February 28, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Umar Gul should be dropped fromt the side because of his poor performance in recent matches. We should look for some fresh blood. My expectations is that the T20 series will be 1-1, and the ODIs will be won by S.Africa 4-1.

  • mazii on February 28, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    gsingh7.... Just like 8-0 abroad dear. Same goes for India isn't it? Pakistan played badly and suffered 3-0. It's nice and clear. So, India is preparing green pitches like the last match between India vs Australia. Unless and until sub-continent teams don't prepare green pitches, these teams can't win abroad. This is as simple as that. Sri Lanka was white washed by Australia and before that India got hammered by England and Australia 8-0 and now Pakistan has also been thrashed 3-0 by SA.

  • on February 28, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    I miss Razzaq in this squad. Riaz gives away so many extras(wides and no balls) which is harmful for the T20.

  • CricketMaan on February 28, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    well at least there is confidence rather than arrogance in his speech. now time to deliver. it aint easy bowlign to an in form Amla, AB or Faf. Though he can exploit Smiths weakness against left-arm quicks

  • indiasucksgobd on February 28, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    I have always maintained the fact that Hafeez is not the best all rounder in world as some pak fans claim.he did next to nothing with bat ball and in the field.best is SHAKIB who got consecutive five fors on the same wickets although he did not contribute much with bat.icc rankings put him as no1 test all rounder ahead of king kallis which is I thing way overstating him but still shows how good he is.

  • SK14 on February 28, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    How's Junaid's fitness?, he is the only bowler who's consistant enough in creating pressure for the batsmen. Wahab get your inswinger right before thinking about playing for PAK, pace alone will not help you. Ideally junaid,irfan and gul should operate as our fast bowling options. Any update on Raza Hassan?

  • ranaqasim on February 28, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    1.Nasir Jamshed 2.Kamran Akmal (WK) 3.Shoaib Malik 4.Younis 5.Umar Akmal 6.Misbah (only because c) otherwise Asad would be a better option 7.Hafeez 8.Afridi 9.Wahab 10.Ajmal 11.Junaid

  • on February 28, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    pakistan missing mohammed amir and mohammad asif badly. ajmal alone cant win matches for long time.

  • on February 28, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    Well well paksitan has missed raza hassan, where is he? He is real champion and contributing a big role in Paksitan domestic t20 championship.

  • on February 28, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    All Those people who are regrettng wahab riaz think again, he has pace which no one has, slinging action he will be good on s africa and rahat ali is good if he can keep a lid on the runs, which he cannot........ My Team for 1st match 1 Ahmed S, 2 N Jamshed, 3. Hafeez, 4,. Umar Amin/Akmal 5. K Akmal 6 Afridi 7 malik 8Irfan 9 Wahab 10 saeed 11 gul/asad ali. BEST OF LUCK PAK

  • on February 28, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Real game has been lost, now they want to get hold of circus i,e one day and t 20 , itdoes not matter now who will win in this circus, even medicore players like Hafeez ,malik and akmal brothers can play some circus ckt. Butwhen real game test gets started ,their pents get wet on seeing steyn gun ,ah what pity for this medicore hafeez, malilk and akmal brothers...

  • Qaasssssssssssssssim on February 28, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    I miss someone why you guyz dont talk about him?Pakistan's Hashim Amla who is Mohd.Yousuf

  • on February 28, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    The playing eleven should be: 1) Hafeez 2) Jamshed 3) Shafiq 4) U Akmal 5) S Afridi 6) K Akmal 7) S Malik 8) Riaz 9) Ajmal 10) Gul 11) Junaid

  • on February 28, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    my team would be shan, moama rana, Sultan rahi , mustafa quraishi, mohsin khan, ehsan khan,qawi khan, saima khan ,baddar munir , wajahat ullah wasti, salim malik and great bowler saeed Noor for this t20. there is variety in shultan rahi bowling in fast pictches like australia and south africa. everybody knows about shan batting and saima khan batting they will rock in south africa pitches.

  • Sports4Youth on February 28, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    In anycase guys, with players like Kamran, W.Riaz, U.Gul & S.Mallik don't expect too much from this team..

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  • Sports4Youth on February 28, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    If W.Riaz & U.Gul play together in the same matches, then Pakistan will be hammered real bad. They will be white washed again in the T20 & ODI series's.

    I would prefer the bowling attack to consist of Junaid, Irfan, Rahat. But rahat is not in the squad, So it can be Junaid, Irfan & Gul. (though i would not like it.). W.Riaz may be left on the bench.

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  • mtalhas on February 28, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    one of the most annoying thing on these posts is when i see name of hafeez as an opener in the playing XI that fans come up with...

  • Sports4Youth on February 28, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    Those of you who think W.RIAZ can bat, please check this recrord. He has an average of 9.5 in Tests and 8 In ODI's. When exactly did you guys see him bat well?

    Reg W.RIAZ being better than RAHAT ALI, once again I have to ask you that on what basis do you lay such claims ? If Riaz was better than Rahat, then how come is Rahat's record so much more superior than Riaz.

    In First class games :

    Rahat Ali has taken 152 wickets at at average of 21.01 while

    W.Riaz has taken 320 wickets at an average of 28.19

    These useless guys are being recycled since the last 3 years. Now in this series W.Riaz will get hammered then M.Sami will come for the next series and after he gets hammered, then Sohail Tanvir will come for the next series. I dont know when will this end. Why do you have to do this when you have players like Sadaf Hussain averaging 17.43, Samiullah avg 18.79. Junaid, Rahat & Adil deserve to be in the team for their FC averages and performances.

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  • on February 28, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    wahab riaz is very good bowler he also having some pace 140+ thats good in south african conditions.he must be in playiang 11 in both odi and t20 against south africa

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on February 28, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    He doesn't have the stamina to survive in Test Cricket but in shorter-formats he might be okay.

  • Ibrarhunzai on February 28, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Wahab Riaz is a lot better bowler than Tanvir and Rahat. Plus he can bat a bit at the lower order. He should be playing in the final eleven against south africa.

  • on February 28, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    i agree with u pall.avinash now it's good to see that out of three two players have get a chance to cament their place in team but can anyone tell me when fawad alam will get a chance he also has scored in australian pitches as well where it's not being easy for the batsmen to even stay..!!

  • dreampk on February 28, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    Please Play 1 Hafeez,2 Ahmed Shahzad,3 Nasir Jamsheed, 4 Umar Akmal,5 Kamran Akmal,6 Shoieb Malik,7 Afridi,8 Umar Gul,9 Junaid Khan, 10 Saeed Ajmal 11Irfan/Wahab Riaz.This could be the team playing tomorrow & this is the best choice of the lot, go for it .Pakistan has lost the test matches because of being very defensive .I hate Azhar Ali & Misbah when they can bat for the whole day and scoring 30 runs ..once Pakistan changes the approach they can easily win

  • gsingh7 on February 28, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    who cqres for hit and giggle cricket when real series was a whitewash , pak should prepare green tops to prepare for foreign tours or they should be ready for similar whitewashes

  • on February 28, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Wahab is good player on fast and lively pitches of south Africa. But he have to bowl full and long length delivery and remain kept his focus also yorker and bouncer.And this time Pakistan desperately in need of good bowler and victory.

  • dmqi on February 28, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    Can someone tell me why he was not part of the test team and now he is in one day team. The experiment with new bowlers did not produce results, right? Experiment with openers, 10 years, with WK, 10 years, with new bowlers ?

  • M.Rizwan.Khan.Chughtai on February 28, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    All Pak bowlers have same problem that they cannot able to maintain line and length . Most of them can seam, swing the ball but if u r not pitching the ball in right areas u will be punished. On other hand look at steyn and philander, Abbot, key to their success is line and length. They have phenomenal ability to pitch 95/100 diliveries at good length but pak bowlers can do that. Actually Pak bowler are utility cricketers, they are handy in shorter version some time but in longer version they must have to bowl at good areas. To me recently their ratio is 30/100 deliveries at good length. They have to increase this ratio....Good luck for wahab riaz

  • on February 28, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    Wahab is good bowler. Captain needs him to perform depth overs and when Saeed Ajmal took wicket Wahab will be on strike for very next over... Pakistan should reply back with strong and attacking strategy

  • SamRoy on February 28, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    How are conditions in SA (except in Port Elizabeth, may be) suited to bowl reverse swing? Moreover, there are two new balls. So each ball lasts only 25 overs. Having said that it is March so some of the pitches might show some wear and tear and might help in reverse. I remember Ryan McLaren getting some reverse in the first ODI game against NZ. Wahab is a true fast bowler though he has always had problems with control and faulty wrist position. I like his aggression.

  • on February 28, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    T20 Team:

    Shehzad Jamshed Hafeez Kamran Umar Malik Afridi Gul Ajmal Wahab Irfan / Junaid

  • Talhacroft on February 28, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    There is a need of Fast bowling All rounder, they should also look for better fielders...Irfan, Nasir and Akmal are weak in this area.

  • on February 28, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Wahab Riaz is a very lively bowler, not a tear away like Akhtar, but Fast for sure, he occassionally touches 90mph.His problem ALWAYS has been his line and length(consistency). This stems from his action, which is very side on rather than over his head. It affects his line and length greatly.I wish someone like Wasim or Waqar could have guided him, and maybe modified his action a little.If not, then atleast coached him to be a bit more precise and accurate. He has the skill, he can swing and seam the ball. But if you bowl 2 great balls an over, and then follow it up with 2 mediocre and two wide deliveries waiting to be smashed, your economy will greatly suffer. And when you get hit, it dents your confidence further and you try different things. I really like him, and i hope he comes back a changed bowler, because Lord Knows, Umar Gul is really out of form.People forget Gul was never front line, rather back up to Asif and Akthar and then later Amir.Hes useless in tests esp.

  • palla.avinash on February 28, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    He did well against in world cup against India and suddenly disappeared.I doesn't but for some reason Wahab riaz,fawad alam and imran farhat doesnt get consistent chances when they are performing decently.These players need to be given a long run the above players work real hard. Good luck wahab riaz and imran farhat and i hope fawad alam gets a chance soon.Fawad alam has the best technique in pak team playing against seaming conditions,he score big hundred against sri lanka in tests when all others failed to score in swinging conditions,he might score slow but he will be handy in these conditions.

  • on February 28, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    He is good with his shot pitch bowling and bowling in the death overs but his major problem is his line and length and the caliber of batting which southafrican's possess can easily toy him around the ground as the margin of error is quite sleek. The way he holds up the seem naturally depicts that he is not a seem bowler who can extrude out best from the African pitches so if Junaid Khan is fit, then Irfan, Junaid and Gul are the better options for the limited over games. He can only come at the expense of Irfan

  • avmd on February 28, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    I like him, he is the fittest cricketer in Pakistan and at the moment the fastest. But, I have been disappointed from him in the past for lack of consistency. He has been wayward in some of his spells that cost him a permanent place in the team. Emergence of Junaid and now Irfan has made it even difficult for him being a left armer. But he is way better than Rahat. Also, he has to develop that incoming delivery to the right handed , which he has not shown as yet. Without that he cannot survive long at international level and will end up a left arm Sami for Pak.

  • KiwiRocker- on February 28, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    I am a fan of Wahab Riaz. Wahab Riaz had one bad game against India in Asia cup and he was dropped. Yes, sure Pak lost the match but in reality wicket was flat as a pancake and Virat Kohli went on to score abig hundred. I mean it was the same wicket on which two Pakistanis also scored a century. Virat Kohli in recent series ended up scoring 13 runs on bit more bowler friendly wickets. It was a total flawed decision to drop Wahab from Pak squad. Pak selected Tanvir, Rahat Ali type bowlers who can barely bowl in 130's. Wahab is a quality fast bowler who can swing and bowls in excess of 140+. Wahab is a type of bowler that Pakistan always thrives on. He is fast, bowls a mean yorker and his spell against India ( especially yorker to Yuvraj Singh) was superb spell under testing conditions. Pakistan should play Wahab along side Junaid, Irfan and Umer Gul. That should be Pak's first choice attack! Also groom Ehsan Adil as he looked promising. It is time to move away from Tanvirs/Cheemas!

  • on February 28, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    Great to see him in action again. He should had been used in tests, He would more useful than Rahat and Tanveer, anyway, forget what had happened. Let focus what will be happened. Best wishes for Pakistan in T20i & ODIs

  • on February 28, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    He dont have much seam swing his pace is ok. I dont think that he is going to trouble SA

  • Shahbaz Alam on February 28, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Wish you best of luck, be aggressive like wasim in his early days but you need captain like imran not like misbah coz aggresive captain bear disappointment and success not a slow one.

  • on February 28, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    Good Luck Mate!It will not be a cake walk though, but at least Pakistan will have a better chance to prove in limited overs.

  • Crick_Expert on February 28, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    PAK TEAM should call Razzak, he & Afridi pair always gave outstanding performance against SA.

  • Crick_Expert on February 28, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    PAK TEAM should use Wahab, Irfan for ODI/T20. PAK should use 3 openers to coverup weak batting issues. Umar Gul should take rest. 1)Nasir 2)Hafeez 4)Imran Farhat 5)Younis 6) Misbah 7)Afridi 8)K. Akmal 9)Ajmal 10)Wahab 11)Irfan

  • Crick_Expert on February 28, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    PAK TEAM should use Wahab, Irfan for ODI/T20. PAK should use 3 openers to coverup weak batting issues. Umar Gul should take rest. 1)Nasir 2)Hafeez 4)Imran Farhat 5)Younis 6) Misbah 7)Afridi 8)K. Akmal 9)Ajmal 10)Wahab 11)Irfan

  • Crick_Expert on February 28, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    PAK TEAM should call Razzak, he & Afridi pair always gave outstanding performance against SA.

  • on February 28, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    Good Luck Mate!It will not be a cake walk though, but at least Pakistan will have a better chance to prove in limited overs.

  • Shahbaz Alam on February 28, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Wish you best of luck, be aggressive like wasim in his early days but you need captain like imran not like misbah coz aggresive captain bear disappointment and success not a slow one.

  • on February 28, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    He dont have much seam swing his pace is ok. I dont think that he is going to trouble SA

  • on February 28, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    Great to see him in action again. He should had been used in tests, He would more useful than Rahat and Tanveer, anyway, forget what had happened. Let focus what will be happened. Best wishes for Pakistan in T20i & ODIs

  • KiwiRocker- on February 28, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    I am a fan of Wahab Riaz. Wahab Riaz had one bad game against India in Asia cup and he was dropped. Yes, sure Pak lost the match but in reality wicket was flat as a pancake and Virat Kohli went on to score abig hundred. I mean it was the same wicket on which two Pakistanis also scored a century. Virat Kohli in recent series ended up scoring 13 runs on bit more bowler friendly wickets. It was a total flawed decision to drop Wahab from Pak squad. Pak selected Tanvir, Rahat Ali type bowlers who can barely bowl in 130's. Wahab is a quality fast bowler who can swing and bowls in excess of 140+. Wahab is a type of bowler that Pakistan always thrives on. He is fast, bowls a mean yorker and his spell against India ( especially yorker to Yuvraj Singh) was superb spell under testing conditions. Pakistan should play Wahab along side Junaid, Irfan and Umer Gul. That should be Pak's first choice attack! Also groom Ehsan Adil as he looked promising. It is time to move away from Tanvirs/Cheemas!

  • avmd on February 28, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    I like him, he is the fittest cricketer in Pakistan and at the moment the fastest. But, I have been disappointed from him in the past for lack of consistency. He has been wayward in some of his spells that cost him a permanent place in the team. Emergence of Junaid and now Irfan has made it even difficult for him being a left armer. But he is way better than Rahat. Also, he has to develop that incoming delivery to the right handed , which he has not shown as yet. Without that he cannot survive long at international level and will end up a left arm Sami for Pak.

  • on February 28, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    He is good with his shot pitch bowling and bowling in the death overs but his major problem is his line and length and the caliber of batting which southafrican's possess can easily toy him around the ground as the margin of error is quite sleek. The way he holds up the seem naturally depicts that he is not a seem bowler who can extrude out best from the African pitches so if Junaid Khan is fit, then Irfan, Junaid and Gul are the better options for the limited over games. He can only come at the expense of Irfan

  • palla.avinash on February 28, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    He did well against in world cup against India and suddenly disappeared.I doesn't but for some reason Wahab riaz,fawad alam and imran farhat doesnt get consistent chances when they are performing decently.These players need to be given a long run the above players work real hard. Good luck wahab riaz and imran farhat and i hope fawad alam gets a chance soon.Fawad alam has the best technique in pak team playing against seaming conditions,he score big hundred against sri lanka in tests when all others failed to score in swinging conditions,he might score slow but he will be handy in these conditions.