Wahab Riaz
Wahab Riaz. Image-Sky Sports

Veteran Pakistan left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz has been deported from England after he reportedly traveled to the United Kingdom on the wrong visa.

According to a report published in Cricket Pakistan, Riaz did not have a work permit ahead of his participation in the inaugural ‘Hundred‘ competition.

Riaz was supposed to represent Trent Rockets in the inaugural 100 ball season. The left-arm seamer, however, has applied for the visa and he will be leaving England soon.

Meanwhile, Trent Rockets have replaced Wahab Riaz- the second-highest wicket-taker in the recent PSL season- with Australian seamer, Nathan Coulter-Nile.

The inaugural 100-ball season which features eight teams representing cities like Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff, Leeds, Nottingham, Southampton, and two in London- will take place between July 21 to August 21.

 

I don’t know exactly what issue people have with senior players’- Wahab Riaz after being overlooked from Pakistan ODI and T20I squad

Wahab Riaz
Wahab Riaz. (Credits: Twitter)

Wahab Riaz, meanwhile, is out of favor as Pakistan’s white-ball set-up is concerned. The 36-year-old seamer last featured for Pakistan during the T20I series against New Zealand last winter.

The left-arm pacer has represented Pakistan in 27 Tests, 91 ODIs, and 36 T20Is since making his debut in 2008 and has claimed a total of 237 wickets.

Riaz was obviously disappointed after being excluded from the Pakistan touring party for the series against England and the West Indies but he is still hopeful of making it to the side in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

“Obviously, I am disappointed at my exclusion from the England and WI tours after my recent performances. Criteria of selection is a question for the selection committee but I think whoever performs well should be selected. They might have their reasons but as a senior performer I am disappointed at missing out,” he told reporters in Lahore.

“I don’t know exactly what issue people have with senior players. Perhaps youngsters listen to what is told to them, while seniors always have their own say in matters and you have to convince them.

”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.

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