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Pakistan left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir believes he can fill the void left behind by fellow left-armers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz in Test cricket.
Amir announced his retirement from Test cricket at the end of July, while reports suggest that Wahab is set to follow in Amir’s footsteps in the near future.
If Wahab brings his Test career to an end, Pakistan will be on the lookout for players to replace them, and Tanvir thinks he is the perfect candidate to do so.
“I seriously believe that after Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz decided to retire from Test cricket, I can fill that gap as I have bowled long spells in domestic cricket and am super fit,” Tanvir told The Nation. “No one can deny the importance of the presence of senior players in the national team. If we look at Australia, South Africa, England, India and all other major cricket playing nations, they solely depend and rely on their senior players. But here in Pakistan, there are highly limited opportunities for senior players and they are forced to take retirement.
“Now, the new [Pakistan Cricket Board] Managing Director Wasim Khan, who is also a first-class player and has arrived in Pakistan with a huge reputation, has promised to provide justice to all the players who were mistreated in the past.
“I have pinned great hopes in Wasim and the PCB. I will try to meet him as soon as possible and will plead my case. I am sure he will not only listen to my genuine grievances, but will also try to address them.
“I feel Pakistan is in dire need of having senior players in the playing XI who [can] ensure consistent results. I want to serve Pakistan cricket as much as I can. It depends now on the PCB and especially [Wasim] [on] how he fulfils his commitments and promises, and how he provides justice to senior players like me, who were badly ignored in the past.”