Wahab Riaz

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Wahab Riaz
Personal information
Full nameWahab Riaz
Born (1985-06-28) 28 June 1985 (age 33)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
BowlingLeft-arm fast
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 202)18 August 2010 v England
Last Test7 October 2018 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 174)2 February 2008 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI4 June 2017 v India
ODI shirt no.47
T20I debut (cap 24)20 April 2008 v Bangladesh
Last T20I2 April 2017 v West Indies
T20I shirt no.47
Domestic team information
2007–2015Lahore Lions
2015Rangpur Riders
2016–presentPeshawar Zalmi (squad no. 47)
2017–presentBarbados Tridents (squad no. 47)
2019Comilla Victorians
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 26 79 132 161
Runs scored 299 589 2,550 1,133
Batting average 8.30 13.69 16.13 16.18
100s/50s 0/0 0/2 0/9 0/4
Top score 39 54* 84 77
Balls bowled 4,856 3,695 22,788 7,478
Wickets 83 102 437 211
Bowling average 33.53 34.34 28.84 31.81
5 wickets in innings 2 1 16 4
10 wickets in match 0 0 5 0
Best bowling 5/63 5/46 9/59 5/24
Catches/stumpings 5/– 23/– 41/– 49/–
Source: Cricinfo, 7 October 2018

Wahab Riaz (Urdu: وہاب ریاض‎; born 28 June 1985) is a Pakistani cricketer. He is a left-arm fast bowler and a right-hand batsman. He frequently bowls at speeds of around 90 mph (144.8 km/h) and has reached 96 miles per hour (154 km/h) making him one of world's fastest and finest bowlers though his seam up deliveries often cost him runs. His all round performance in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 earned him world wide recognition. In August 2018, he was one of thirty-three players to be awarded a central contract for the 2018–19 season by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).[1][2]


Wahab was chosen in the squad for the tri-series in Bangladesh which also included India and in his first match against Bangladesh; he finished with 3 wickets for 22 runs in 7 overs and in the next match although he took two Indian wickets he conceded 85 runs.

Wahab made his Test debut against England in the third test of the 2010 series. England batted first and Wahab took 5/63 in the first innings. In Pakistan's first innings he came into bat at number 3 and made 27 runs.[3]

He next played for Pakistan in the Test series against South Africa in October 2010 he participated in 4 ODIs. He was selected to play in the first Test later in that series he took two wickets those of Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla however towards the end of the day he picked up a side strain. He did not bowl the following day. A scan showed that Riaz had picked up an injury which takes 4–5 weeks to recover from and thus he missed the rest of the Test series.[4]

In March 2011 he played for Pakistani team in at least four matches with an above average performance. However he really came in the limelight at the Pakistan Vs India semi-final of the 2011 Cricket World Cup, when he replaced Shoaib Akhtar and took 5 wickets.[5]

Shortly after the World Cup, Pakistan toured the West Indies for two Tests, five ODIs, and a T20I; Riaz was included in the squad.[6] He took two wickets in the T20I, which Pakistan lost,[7] and played in four out of the five ODIs, taking seven wickets at an average of 25.28 and finishing as Pakistan's leading wicket-taker in the series.[8] In a report to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on the team's performance in the West Indies, coach Waqar Younis commented that Riaz had an "average" tour.[9] In May Pakistan toured Ireland for a two-match ODI series, and although Riaz was included in the squad he did not play a match.[10][11]

After the tour of Ireland, Riaz entered talks with Kent, eventually signing to play for them in county cricket. The club had suffered injuries to their fast bowlers and Riaz was drafted in to bolster their line up.[12] He made his twenty20 debut for Kent against Glamorgan on 11 June. He took a single wicket, that of Chris Cooke, and guided his team to victory with 32 not out, hitting the winning runs after being sent in up the order.[13] On his home debut Riaz took a hat-trick – dismissing Chris Taylor, Ed Young, and Richard Coughtrie – and recording figures of 5 wickets for 17 runs (5/17) against Gloucestershire to help his team to an eight-wicket victory. It was the second time a player had taken a T20 hat-trick for Kent,[14] and was the first time Riaz took five wickets in the format, beating previous best bowling figures of 3/14.[15] During his spell with Kent Riaz took 13 first-class wickets at an average of 33.53,[16] 9 in list A cricket at 13.33,[17] and 20 wickets in t20 matches at an average of 19.85.[18]

In August, Riaz was awarded a category B central contract with the PCB; six players were in category A, eight (including Riaz) in B, and nine in C.[19] When Pakistan toured Zimbabwe in September, Riaz was rested with the selectors taking the opportunity to blood a number of new and inexperienced players.[20] Though recalled to the Test squad for the three-match series against Sri Lanka,[21] he did not play in the series[22] and was dropped from the ODI squad to face the same opponents.[23] Originally rested from the Test team to give younger players a chance,[20] Riaz's hiatus from the squad extended to six months. His continued absence was not explained by the PCB. He was recalled to Pakistan's Test squad to face England for three matches in the United Arab Emirates. While he was out of the side, Riaz played for the National Bank of Pakistan in the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy. Before the squad was announced he had taken 30 wickets in the competition at an average of 24.86, and 213 runs at an average of 35.50.[24]

On 30 August 2016, he conceded 110 runs in his stipulated 10 overs, which is the second worst figures ever in ODIs.[25]

In April 2018, he was named in Punjab's squad for the 2018 Pakistan Cup.[26][27] In March 2019, he was named in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's squad for the 2019 Pakistan Cup.[28][29] He was the joint-leading wicket-taker in the tournament, with ten dismissals in five matches.[30]

2015 Cricket World Cup[edit]

In World Cup 2015 quarterfinal match against Australia Wahab bowled a very aggressive spell. He showed some aggressive interaction by sarcastic clapping and a flying kiss to Shane Watson.[31][32] ICC fined Wahab Riaz for the behavior.[33]

Riaz's spell won him plaudits from numerous cricketers past and present,[34] with Michael Clarke referring to Riaz's performance 'as good as I've faced in ODI cricket for a long time'[35] and Kevin Pietersen describing the spell as the "Best spell of bowling by a foreigner on Aussie soil for years".[36]

In the match Watson scored 64 runs off 66 balls, when Wahab Riaz was bowling his fiery spell against Shane Watson, he was dropped at 4 runs by Rahat Ali at fine leg off a 145kmh Riaz bouncer. Australia won the match by six wickets[37] but after the match Wahab Riaz became a trend on Twitter. Brian Lara tweeted "I want to meet with this Riaz guy," adding that he would pay the fine imposed on Wahab by the ICC for his verbals at Watson.
Wahab then invited Brian Lara to Pakistan through Twitter.[37][38][39][40][41]

2019 Cricket World Cup[edit]

In May 2019, he was named in Pakistan's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup, after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) named their final fifteen-man squad for the tournament.[42][43]

T20 franchise career[edit]

Wahab Riaz was allocated as a Platinum category player in the 2016 Pakistan Super League players draft. He was bought by Peshawar Zalmi for $140,000 for the 2016 competition.[44]

During a group stage match in 2016 against Quetta Gladiators, Wahab had an exchange of words and a physical tussle with batsman Ahmed Shehzad. The Pakistan Cricket Board imposed a fine on both the players and issued an official warning to them.[45]

He was retained by Zalmi for the second PSL season in 2017. Peshawar won the 2017 competition and, as of the end of the 2017 PSL, Wahab is the leading wicket-taker with 30 wickets in 19 matches.[46]

In September 2018, he was named in Kandahar's squad in the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League tournament.[47]

See also[edit]


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