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Pakistan left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz is aiming to return to international cricket during the T20 tri-series in July, which will feature Pakistan, Australia and Zimbabwe, who will host the tournament.
Wahab recently underwent a sinus operation and is raring to don the Pakistan jersey once again as he has not done so since October last year.
“I had this sinus issue for the past 10-12 years and this is making me struggle to stay fit,” he was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder. “I have done the surgery now during the time I had off and I am feeling much better now. I had to rest for 2-3 weeks.
“My task now is to make a comeback to international cricket and represent Pakistan. I am now looking forward to the next series and working towards it to make my mark on it.”
However, should Wahab fail to be selected for the T20 tri-series, he revealed that he will play county cricket for Derbyshire from July 2.
“My aim is to try and be selected for the Tri-Series in Zimbabwe. If that does not happen, I will fly to the UK to play for Derbyshire,” he said. “The whole thing is about fitness and I would like to play for Pakistan in all three formats of the game.”
Wahab’s exclusion from the Test squad for the tours of Ireland and England left many people scratching their heads, especially as the 32-year-old excelled during the recent Pakistan Super League (PSL), where he represented the Peshawar Zalmi and was the joint-highest wicket-taker with 18 victims at an average of 19.11.
“So as you saw in the PSL, there was a hunger inside me to restore my status [in the Pakistan team],” he said. “When I come back into the team, God willing, I will be a different bowler.”