Wahab Riaz to become the interim Sports Minister of Punjab

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Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz is set to become the interim sports minister of Punjab. Riaz will also be playing in the eighth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Wahab Riaz has been the stalwart in Pakistan Cricket for the last few years. The left-arm fast bowler was fiery in his playing prime as he took the world by surprise after his 5-wicket haul against India in the semifinal of the 2011 World Cup.

Riaz had an iconic battle with Shane Watson in the 2015 World Cup where the fast bowler bowled his heart out to help Pakistan win the match. But his lone battle was not enough for Pakistan to win the contest. 

Wahab Riaz last featured for the national side in December 2020. The Pakistan spearhead has picked 237 wickets in 154 international games for the side. In the ongoing edition of the Bangladesh Premier League, he has taken 12 wickets in six games at an economy of 6.53.

Wahab Riaz talks in an interview

Riaz will not be playing red-ball format any further. But the pacer is focusing on the white ball format and is still hopeful for a Pakistan comeback. 

“After reviewing my past couple of years’ performances in red-ball cricket and the upcoming limited-overs cricket, I have decided to take time off from first-class cricket. During this period, I would like to focus on 50-over and 20-over cricket and continue to access my fitness for the longer version of the game. At a stage I feel I cannot only return but also perform with the red ball, I would make myself available,” said Wahab during an interview as reported by NDTV.

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