Yousuf backs Wahab Riaz selection in World Cup squad

Former cricketer was optimistic about Pakistan’s chances in mega event

Yousuf backs Wahab Riaz selection in World Cup squad PHOTO: AFP

Former Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Yousuf has come in support of left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz and has backed the pacer’s inclusion in Pakistan squad for the International Cricket Council (ICC) 2019 World Cup.

While talking to media in Lahore, Yousuf highlighted the ability of Riaz with the old ball which can benefit the Pakistan team on English pitches.

“Wahab is exceptional with the old ball and his pace can be beneficial on the flat tracks of England,” said Yousuf. “Wahab has also done well in domestic cricket and deserves a place in the World Cup squad.”

The 44-year-old was also optimistic about Pakistan’s chances in the mega event.

“Pakistan has selected a good combination of senior players and youngsters, who can take them into the semi-finals of the World Cup.”

Former Pakistan leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed also supported the changes made in the Pakistan line-up considering the bowling performance of Men in Green in limited-overs series against England.

“Pakistan’s bowling really struggled against England, hence the inclusion of Amir and Wahab can strengthen their bowling attack,” said Ahmed.

Former leg-spinner also advised the Pakistan top-order batsman Babar Azam to bat more responsibly and play the anchor role in the Pakistan batting line-up.

“It is good to see Pakistan batsmen scoring runs on English pitches, however they need to improve their strike rate,” he said. “Babar Azam needs to be more consistent and convert his start into big innings against quality oppositions.”

He added: “Pakistan should play two spinners on England’s dry pitches.”