Wahab Riaz to join training camp in Hampshire

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s left-arm speedster, Wahab Riaz’s stint with Essex has been cut short by two matches as he has to join the team’s training camp in Hampshire for the preparation of England series.

Essex, the English county side signed Wahab Riaz as the second overseas player for the Natwest T20 blast alongside New Zealand’s Jesse Ryder for the first seven games. Adam Milne of New Zealand is expected to replace him.

Essex is currently at the bottom of the South Group with just a single win in the five matches that they have played so far.

Wahab’s outing with Essex didn’t prove to be impressive as he managed to take only four wickets in five matches with a poor economy of 9.46 runs at an average of 46.50.

However, Wahab said that he has spent a memorable time with the English county side, “It was wonderful to be part of the Essex team,” he said. “I have enjoyed a lot here, and it’s been fun playing with these guys,” he added.

Wahab is hopeful that his experience during the T20 blast will come handy for the national side, “I have learned a lot here, bowling in these conditions, so hopefully the experience I am taking from Essex will benefit my bowling in the upcoming Tests.”

The 30-year old bowler will join Pakistan’s ongoing camp in Hampshire and is likely to represent Pakistan in the first practice game against Somerset at July 3.

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