Pakistan’s fast bowler Wahab Riaz has spoken about the bias in the cricket team during the tenure of former chairman Cricket Board Ramiz Raja and former chief selector Muhammad Wasim.
Speaking to GeoSuper, Wahab Riaz said that the then chief selector (Muhammad Wasim) made a bad selection, he had no justification for not selecting players like Imad Wasim, Shoaib Malik and Sarfaraz Ahmed.
The 37-year-old cricketer said in the interview that ‘Shoaib and Imad performed well in T20 World Cup 2021, why was their performance not taken into consideration? Why was he ignored in T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia? What was their fault?’
“I know Rameez bhai had the final authority, the chief selector should have talked to us but in our culture, you only talk to people who agree with you, you talk to those people,” said Wahab Riaz. Do not communicate with those who know how to defend their position.
The fast bowler said that there should be a limit to bias, it is not right to sideline players by calling them old, if age is important then the rules should be the same for all.
Wahab gave the example of Misbah-ul-Haq in the interview and said that look at Misbah bhai who performed for Pakistan at the age of 40, I think the peak of any cricketer starts after the age of 30.
He said that there are many other examples, whether it is Rohit Sharma, Virat or Faf du Plessis, I think age should not be an issue, if a cricketer is performing then he should be allowed to play.
In the end, Wahab hailed Najam Sethi’s arrival as a boon for cricket.
“I hope Najam Sethi will do justice to players like me, Sarfaraz, Hafeez, Malik and Hasan Ali who have done well for Pakistan,” the fast bowler said.