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Fast bowler Wahab Riaz has made himself available for Pakistan’s Test series on their upcoming tour to England.
The 34-year-old Wahab took an indefinite break from red-ball cricket in September last year but was included in a 29-man Pakistan squad that will play three Tests and three T20Is in the UK, starting in August.
When the left-arm paceman made the announcement last year he was omitted from the PCB’s central contracts list with younger quick bowlers also selected for the limited-overs formats.
Wahab has now, after consulting with the PCB, though said he is available for the longest format if selected.
In a video conference, Wahab said: “I am very excited to be a part of this England tour.
“As you know this tour is being carried on in very unusual circumstances. I was called by the PCB to enquire if I am available to play Test cricket if required on a replacement basis.
“I straightaway said yes because my priority ultimately is to play for Pakistan.”
The fast bowler also said he was not upset about losing his national contract last year, saying he wants to earn it back through his performances.
Wahab continued: “I know a central contract gives you security that you will play for Pakistan, but even without it, my ultimate goal is to play for Pakistan anyway.
“Unfortunately, I am not a part of the contract [list] but I will hopefully earn it with my performance next year. As a player, I am not satisfied at all with the situation and I have to be honest with it.
“If you look at Pakistan cricket, the beauty about it is the number of fast bowlers. There are so many competitive fast bowlers in the system that it’s not really easy to compete.”
All the matches in England will be taking place behind closed doors as part of the measures to stay safe from the coronavirus.