Wahab Riaz urges PCB to call him for national camp

PCB has called national players for specialised camps from June 10 to 21

June 05, 2023
Wahab Riaz addressed media before ICC World Cup 2019 - PCB

LAHORE: International cricketer Wahab Riaz, who is currently the sports adviser to CM Punjab, requested Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to call him for the upcoming national camp. 

Riaz, while speaking to media here today, said he wants to join the national training camp to work on his bowling. 

"I am focusing on my future endeavours. I am training hard and bowling regularly to be in rhythm," said Riaz who last played an international match back in December 2020.

"I would like to request PCB to call me in the training camp. It will help me practice my bowling in a better way. By bowling for even half an hour in the camp would help me a lot," he added. 

PCB has called national players for specialised camps from June 10 to 21. Spinners, fast bowlers and batters will be doing training with specialised coaches.

List of invited players

Spinners – Abrar Ahmed, Ali Asfand, Arafat Minhas, Faisal Akram, Mohammad Junaid, Mehran Mumtaz, Mubasir Khan, Noman Ali, Qasim Akram, Sajid Khan, Sufiyan Muqeem, Usama Mir and Zahid Mehmood

Fast bowlers - Aamir Jamal, Arshad Iqbal, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Ihsanullah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Ali, Naseem Shah and Shahnawaz Dahani

Batters – Abdullah Shafique, Haris Sohail, Haseebullah, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Huraira, Omair Bin Yousuf, Saim Ayub, Salman Ali Agha, Saud Shakeel and Tayyab Tahir


For spinners – 10 till 15 June

Fast bowlers – 16 till 21 June

World Cup in India

Riaz emphasised on inclusion of senior players in the squad for World Cup in India this year. 

"We need to rely on our senior players for World Cup in India. This is not T20 World Cup where bowlers will easily bowl four overs," he said. 

"Our selectors should start working on making the right combinations. Bring senior players and add juniors to make good combinations," he maintained. 

Pakistan's participation in the World Cup in India will subject to government's permission. Closer to the time, PCB will seek federal government's permission for the participation. 

Since India refused to travel to Pakistan to play Asia Cup, things have become complicated. PCB had offered hybrid model to host Asia Cup, giving India an option to play their matches outside Pakistan. However, the Indian cricket board is influencing ACC member boards to shift the event from Pakistan. 

Hence, the official decision on Asia Cup is still pending. 

Sohail Imran is a senior reporter for Geo News.