Wahab Riaz hints Mohammad Amir’s return, eyes spot in ODI World Cup squad

The veteran pacer is optimistic to prove his worth to captain Babar Azam

Wahab Riaz hints Mohammad Amir’s return, eyes spot in ODI World Cup squad PHOTO: AFP/File

Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz said that Mohammad Amir is likely to make a comeback in international cricket. 

“We may see Mohammad Amir coming back to play for Pakistan once again,” the 37-year-old said in an interview to Samaa News on Tuesday. 

“We have Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf but the other three spots are still available. Bowlers like Hasan (Ali), (Shahnawaz) Dahani, Naseem (Shah), (Muhammad) Wasim are fighting for it. Amir may come back, too.” 

The left-arm pacer was also optimistic for his return to the Pakistan squad for the next year’s One-Day International (ODI) World Cup in India. “It all depends on my performance,” he said. “If I’m better than rest of the bowlers then I’ll take the spot.” 

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Wahab said he is ready to play under Babar Azam who will also be leading him in Peshawar Zalmi during the eighth edition of HBL Pakistan Super League. “I can show him what I’m made of,” he said. 

The left-armer talked about the importance of bowling consistently in the 50-over format. “In four-over cricket time passes quickly, but in ODIs you have to read the situations and bowl accordingly,” he added. 

Regarding the possible return of former Pakistan men’s coach Mickey Arthur, Wahab said, “Mickey is very strict about fitness standards and if I pass them, he would have no issues selecting me for Pakistan.” 

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