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Former Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf was pleased that left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz was included in the World Cup squad.
Wahab, who has not played ODI cricket since the Champions Trophy in 2017, was initially not included in the list of 23 probables for the World Cup, but was the third-highest wicket-taker in this year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL) with 17 wickets in 13 games for the Peshawar Zalmi at an average of 19.88.
Despite this, he was included in the finalised World Cup squad due to “his ability to reverse swing the ball”, according to chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq.
Yousuf noted that Wahab’s pace and abilities with the old ball will be highly beneficial for Pakistan during the tournament.
“Wahab is exceptional with the old ball and his pace can be beneficial on the flat tracks of England,” Yousuf was quoted as saying by cricketpakistan.com.pk. “Wahab has also done well in domestic cricket and deserves a place in the World Cup squad.”
Pakistan will play two World Cup warm-up games against Afghanistan and Bangladesh in Bristol and Cardiff on May 24 and 26 respectively.
They will then begin their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.