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Wahab Riaz says no to ‘mankading’, recalls funny incident with Yasir Shah

Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz, in a recent conversation with Cricket Pakistan, said that there is no fun in getting a batsman out via mankading.


For those of you who dont know, the term ‘Mankading’ was named after veteran Indian bowler Vinoo Mankad. It is a type of run out where a bowler gets rid of the non-striker by removing the bails before he has bowled his delivery.

Riaz believes that Mankading is shows lack of sportsman spirit and believes a bowler should use his bowling skills to dismiss a batter.

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“I will deliver the ball normally because I think Mankading is against sportsman spirit. I will back my skills to dismiss the batsman because there is no fun in winning if you adopt such tactics,” he said.

The left-arm pacer also spoke about Pakistan’s upcoming England visit, which is likely to take place in August.

“It will be a challenging task for the Pakistan team but the good thing is the revival of cricket,” he said.

“I appreciate the steps taken by the PCB and ECB to make this happen.” Riaz added.

The 34-year-old also talked about his shock retirement from Test cricket and possibility of a comeback.

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“I will only play Test cricket if I’m able to perform and be a regular part of the team, rather than warming the bench. Before my decision to take a break from Test cricket, I was not part of the side for almost two years and my good performances were largely in white-ball cricket.” he said.

The Lahore-born pacer also revealed the funniest moment of his career, which involved leg-spinner Yasir Shah, during a match against Australia in Melbourne.

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“We were once on a tour of Australia and we were struggling in Melbourne. Yasir Shah was hit for a six by Mitchell Starc despite the boundaries being very big. I started toying with Yasir and told him that Starc will hit him towards the tunnel in the stadium as well and that is exactly what happened. Seeing that I burst into laughter.” he concluded.

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