“I Had a Dream That I Got Call for WC Selection,” Says Wahab Riaz
Wahab Riaz says he dreamed about being selected for Pakistan's Cricket World Cup squad about 10 days ago.
This, despite not being in the 23-man preliminary squad, and not having played a one-day international since the 2017 Champions Trophy triumph in England.
But Riaz's dream came true when the fast bowler was chosen for the 15-man squad, along with batsman Asif Ali and left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir for the tournament in England next week.
Inzamam believed Riaz's experience of reverse swing with the old ball will be handy on English pitches. He has taken 102 wickets in 79 ODIs at an average of 34, but he took no wickets in the 2017 Champions Trophy and only one in three matches in 2016 against England.
Pakistan bowlers struggled to stem the flow of runs while losing to England 4-0 in the recent ODI series, which caused the selectors to drop fast bowlers Junaid Khan and allrounder Faheem Ashraf.
Inzamam is counting on Riaz to reproduce the kind of fiery spirit he showed against Shane Watson in their 2015 World Cup quarterfinal in Adelaide. Watson was on the winning side, but Riaz's bowling to him made the lasting impression.
Riaz sympathized for Junaid Khan for losing his place after taking only two wickets in two matches against England.
Riaz was right. Junaid reacted on Monday by posting a picture on his Twitter account of a black tape over his mouth, and a message: "I dont want to say anything. Truth is bitter." He deleted the tweet.