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Wahab Riaz: Disappointed for not being selected for England, WI tours

Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz is disappointed that he was not selected in the national team for his tours through England and the West Indies.

The left-wing speedster said in an interview with the media in Lahore that he is not aware of the plans that Pakistan selectors are making for senior players.

“It is clear that I am disappointed with my exclusion from the English and West Indies tours after my recent performances. Criteria for selection are a question for the selection committee, but I think whoever performs well should be selected,” said Wahab.

“They may have their reasons, but as a senior artist I’m disappointed I miss it,” he added.

The 36-year-old played 27 Tests, 91 ODIs and 36 T20s for Pakistan and took 237 wickets in various formats.

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“I have not given up hope of playing in the World T20 this year, and I think senior players, as long as they are fit and performing, should be considered for selection,” he said.

Wahab is not yet sure what choices “senior” players have with senior players.

“I do not know exactly what problem people have with senior players. Maybe young people listen to what is being said to them, while seniors always have their own say in matters, and you have to convince them,” he said.

The current selection committee led by Muhammad Wasim and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq has ignored senior players such as Wahab, Mohammad Amir and Shoaib Malik. The selectors dropped another senior – Imad Wasim – for consecutive series, but recalled him for the T20 matches in England and the West Indies.

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