Have no plans to stop playing for Pakistan, successful 35-year-old player says

Wahab Riaz said he has no plans to stop playing for Pakistan

Wahab Riaz: “I want to keep playing for Pakistan till I can”

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Pakistan left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz has made it clear that he has no plans to stop playing international cricket anytime soon.

Wahab last played for Pakistan during their tour of New Zealand in December last year.

Most recently, the 35-year-old was participating in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) before it was postponed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Wahab was in excellent form in the tournament as in the four games he played for the Peshawar Zalmi, he took eight wickets at an average of 19 and an economy rate of 9.50.

Despite this, it wasn’t enough to earn him a spot for the tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Nonetheless, the veteran fast bowler said he will continue trying to regain his spot in the national team.

“I want to keep playing for Pakistan till I can,” he was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan.

Pakistan will play three ODIs and four T20 Internationals against South Africa before heading to Zimbabwe for two Tests and three T20 Internationals.

Pakistan will depart for South Africa on March 26 and the tour will commence on April 2 and conclude on April 16. The ODI series will be played first.

The men in green will then head to Zimbabwe on April 17, but the dates for the matches have yet to be confirmed.

However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) noted that the national team will travel back to Lahore from Bulawayo on May 12.

Pakistan’s Test Squad: Babar Azam (capt), Imran Butt, Abid Ali, Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Saud Shakeel, Agha Salman, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Tabish Khan, Hasan Ali, Shahnawaz Dhani, Nauman Ali, Zahid Mahmood, Sajid Khan.

Pakistan’s ODI Squad: Babar Azam (capt), Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Haider Ali, Danish Aziz, Saud Shakeel, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Qadir, Hasan Ali.

Pakistan’s T20 Squad: Babar Azam (capt), Shadab Khan, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Haider Ali, Danish Aziz, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Qadir, Hasan Ali, Arshad Iqbal.

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