Left-handed coach Wahab Riaz believes playing cricket in the UAE has had an impact on Pakistan’s fast bowling alliance. He said the UAE provides a lot of help to those spin bowlers and fast bowlers who have borne the brunt over time due to the conditions offered in the country.
Wahab said if Pakistan had played home games in their country, he would have played international cricket and fast-bowling would have been much stronger. He also added that reliance on pace bowlers had dropped dramatically and led to early bowlers leaving the ranks.
“That season of home games in the UAE damaged the professions of many Pakistani throwing players including myself. But who knows what the future holds for us, there may be more international matches to come, ”said Wahab.
The 36-year-old believes he still has a role to play in the Pakistan national team and is always available to play for his country if needed. He said it was disappointing that he had not been considered for the recent election but believed that only the selection committee knew exactly why he had not been nominated.
Wahab said he hoped the committee would select Pakistani cricket interests and make decisions with a focus on cricket in the country.
The fast bowler has taken part in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and hopes to return to the T20 national team before the start of the T20 World Cup.