Wahab Riaz backs Mohammad Amir
Wahab Riaz, who is Pakistan’s pace bowling spearhead, is excited to see Mohammad Amir back in Pakistan colors and he believes that Amir’s inclusion in the national team will help the team and also share the bowling burden with him. He also said that Amir is a good bowler and he will prove himself on the international stage once again while he also talked about Umar Gul’s comeback which according to him will form a good combination.
“Amir is a great introduction to the team,” Wahab said. “He’s getting a chance. He’s a great fast bowler – he’s proved that in the past. It’s time for him to prove here as well, again. And he will prove it. With him there’s less pressure on me as a bowler, because I’m getting his support. Umar Gul is back and is doing really well. It’s going to be a good combination for Pakistan.”
He added that Amir can take wickets with the new ball which is crucial and transfers the pressure onto the batting side, Wahab told ESPNcricinfo.
“Amir is a good inswing bowler, bowling with the new ball,” Wahab said. “He can bowl outswing as well. If you can take wickets with the new ball the pressure will always be on the batsmen. That’s I’m saying that him coming into the team will help us more.”
Wahab said that New Zealand cricket team is going through a good patch but he believed that Pakistan have better bowlers than Sri Lanka and this means that the Kiwi side will not find it that easy but he also added that if they are able to counter the bowlers than all credit goes to the Blackcaps.
“It seems like cricket is very easy these days for the New Zealand batsmen,” he said. “They’ve been hitting balls really well. It’s going to be a different challenge because we have much more good bowlers than Sri Lanka. They lacked experience, but we have experience and some quality bowlers as well. It’s not going to be easy for them to score runs against us.
“We cannot sit back and see what they are doing. We will definitely attack, and let’s see. If they can play good cricket – hats off to them.”
Wahab Riaz was confident that this series will be a good launching pad for the upcoming T20 World Cup and winning against the New Zealand side will be a big morale booster for the men in green.
“It’s a great preparation for the World T20. Winning here against the Black Caps could be a great confidence booster for the team. They way they are playing right now – if we get the series win here, it will be great for Pakistan cricket. “