Pakistan’s left arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz has been picked by Trent Rockets for the inaugural edition of England’s cricket competition known as “The Hundred”. Wahab Riaz was not picked by any team during the initial draft but now he has been roped in as latest addition in the replacement draft.
Wahab Riaz has been picked in place of Australian pacer, Nathan Coulter-Nile, who has excused to participate in the competition due to the scheduling conflicts. Wahab Riaz will be the second Pakistani to participate in “The Hundred” competition. The other Pakistani to participate in this competition is former Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir who has been picked up by London Spirit.
Apart from Wahab Riaz and Muhammad Amir, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Shadab Khan were also picked up in the draft but both of the withdrew from the competition due to international commitments. Both Shadab Khan and Shaheen Afridi have been selected on the national side for the Windies tour next month.
Wahab Riaz is not in the international side since last year and he is very hopeful for his comeback in the international arena after performing well in different T20 leagues. He led Peshawar Zalmi in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League and helped his team reach in the final. He finished as the second highest wicket-taker in the tournament. He took 18 wickets at an average of 23.44 in 11 matches. Multan Sultan’s Shahnawaz Dahani was the top wicket-taker of PSL 2021.