Wahab Riaz willing to return to Test cricket on England tour

Wahab Riaz, who last year decided to take an indefinite break from red ball cricket, has agreed to return to play the Test-match leg of Pakistan’s tour of England. He has been named in the larger pool of 29 players, a combined squad for a series of three Tests and T20Is.

Riaz was 34 when announced his break from red-ball cricket. It led to his being demoted in the PCB’s central contracts list, and then to his being omitted entirely from it. His national selection for white-ball cricket was also in doubt when head coach Misbah ul Haq promoted a number of younger fast bowlers ahead of him

“I am very excited to be a part of this England tour,” Wahab said in a video conference. “As you know this tour is being carried on in very unusual circumstances. I was called by the PCB to enquire if I am available to play Test cricket if required on a replacement basis. I straightaway said yes because…

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