Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz, during a live session on Monday, said that he cannot wait to prove himself once the England tour kicks off.
The 34-year-old said that he could not turn down the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) when the selectors reached out to him for the upcoming tour.
“I am looking forward to performing well against England in the upcoming series. The tour is happening under unique circumstances. I could not say no when the PCB approached me regarding my availability for the Test side. I will be ready to play in the future as well if needed,” said Riaz.
“I focus on representing my country rather than focusing on white-ball cricket or red-ball cricket. I have not played Test cricket for a while. Right now I need to look at the team’s requirement rather than looking at the easier route,” he added.
The Peshawar Zalmi man went on to say that he is looking forward to the challenge of bowling to England on their home turf.
“I am ready for the challenge as a professional. I will share my experience with the youngsters in the side. I am not satisfied with my performances as a player during my career. I played many matches in Dubai which supports spinners more. I had decided to leave the Test format since I was not getting chances. Now that I was needed, I was ready,” he said.
Speaking about snubbed from the central contract, Wahab said he wasn’t thinking about it and will try to prove himself better in the coming season.
“I try to better my performance whenever I am dropped. The young bowlers in the side are Pakistan’s future. I will try to lead them as a senior. Being in the management’s plan is more important than getting a central contract. If I perform well, I will get a central contract next year,” he said.
“I made a comeback in the 2015 World Cup by working hard. I will try to justify my selection for this tour with good performances as well. I trust the precautionary measures being taken for the tour. I do not think we will have any trouble on the tour,” he concluded.