Once Pakistan’s spearhead Wahab Riaz hopes he can still break into the national team following an impressive performance in the ongoing Pakistan Super League in which he is the second highest wicket-taker until Saturday.
Wahab took 1-26 in Peshawar Zalmi’s six-wicket defeat against Quetta Gladiators, taking his tally to 11 in eight matches — second behind Multan Sultans’s Imran Tahir who has 11.
Wahab, who has not played in any one-day international since his 0-87 in 8.4 overs against India at Birmingham in June last year and last played a Test in October against Sri Lanka, also last year.
His last Twenty20 was also in April last year.
Asked does he hope to play the World Cup 2019, Wahab replied: “My performance is good so if Pakistan team needs me I will play but if they don’t need then someone else will play.”
Wahab said as long as he is fit he can break into Pakistan team.
“Look, I can play for Pakistan as long as I am fit and I know that hard work pays but there can be a delay,” said Wahab, who had a few banters with Quetta and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.
“I am very friendly with Sarfraz so such things happen on the field. I like to tease him,” said Wahab, who has grown Mitchel Johnson-like moustache.
“It’s my style for the PSL. I am aggressive in nature so it should be displayed on the field which I am doing for this years PSL. Maybe after that, I change this style.”
Peshawar Zalmi were lagging at fifth with six points and need to win their remaining two matches and hope other results go in their favour