Wahab Riaz was one of the names listed alongside 28 others in an extended roster for playing in the England tour. The fast bowler has expressed his willingness to make a comeback after taking an indefinite break from playing test cricket with just four tests played in three years. Furthermore, Riaz did not have a central contract with Pakistan cricket but he seems undeterred saying in a teleconference,
“The Pakistan Cricket Board communicated with me to play Test cricket (in England), if required, and to play for Pakistan is always a priority so I said yes without even thinking, the priority was not different last year. I haven’t been playing Test cricket regularly in the last three, four years before this management arrived so the priority was to focus on white ball cricket.”
Addressing the issue with central contract he added,
“Of course, central contact gives security to a player. But playing for Pakistan is more important to me and I have got this opportunity once again by being selected in the team”
As a senior player in the team, Riaz expressed the need to put the team before himself,
“As a senior player, I wanted to create an example because it all has to be for Pakistan, not for yourself and the colour of the ball does not matter.”
Riaz has had 83 wickets in 27 Test matches at an average of 34.50 since his red-ball debut in 2010.