Wahab Riaz to represent Derbyshire in the T20 Blast


Ahead of the Vitality T20 Blast, Derbyshire have made their latest signing in the form of Wahab Riaz. The 32-year-old is expected to feature in the T20 tournament with a bid to make a comeback in the international side. It will be interesting to see how valuable can Riaz prove to be for Derbyshire.

The County Club was glad that they got a match winner in the form of Riaz to feature in the pace attack. Also, the fact that he recently underwent a surgery for a long-standing sinus problem. The left arm pacer is expected to represent them in a good number of games. He would then be departing for the Caribbean Premier League to honour his commitments for the Barbados Tridents during late August.

In the previous edition, Derbyshire managed to reach the quarterfinals under coach John Wright. Also, Riaz has displayed some sensational form in the T20 format during PSL. The 32-year-old who represents Peshawar Zalmi picked 18 wickets at an economy of under 7 as he was the joint highest wicket-taker in the tournament.

His overall T20 record of 197 wickets from 167 games that too at an amazing bowling economy of 7.11 is stupendous. He would be trying to make a statement to the national selectors. The bowler has been out of the Pakistani team for almost six months now. He last featured in the test match against Sri Lanka back in October last year.

Earlier, Mickey Arthur had some stern words for Riaz. He was excluded from a training squad as Arthur questioned his attitude and remarked, “He has not won us a game in 2 years. I cannot fault Wahab when he has a ball in his hand but his work ethic around training is something needs to be looked at. I am changing the culture in this Pakistan environment and I am not interested in players doing just the bare minimum.”

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