Injured Wahab Riaz out of Sri Lanka T20s

Wahab Riaz
Wahab Riaz will play no part in in the Twenty20 International series
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Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz has been ruled out of the two Twenty20 Internationals against Sri Lanka after sustaining a hand injury.

Wahab, who suffered a hairline fracture to his right hand while batting during the first Test, revealed that he hadn’t made satisfactory progress to be available for the T20 series.

The left-arm pacer made the call after continuing to experience discomfort during a strenuous bowling session in the nets on Friday.

“My bowling hand is still feeling uncomfortable and doctors feel I need some more rehabilitation,” said Wahab.

“So I have withdrawn.”

Wahab joins a long list of Pakistani bowlers who have suffered injuries over the last year thereby causing headaches for the selectors.

Pakistan chief selector Haroon Rasheed backed Wahab’s decision to skip the T20 series, stating that the left-arm pacer must not be rushed back prematurely.

"It is better if Wahab takes more rest because after bowling in the nets he did not feel comfortable going flat out,” said Rasheed.

“He needs more time to make a complete recovery.”

Young uncapped left-arm pacer Zia-Ul-Haq has been named as a backup for Wahab by the Pakistan selectors and the youngster is expected to fly to Sri Lanka imminently.

The Twenty20 Internationals between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be played in Colombo on 30th July and 1st August. 

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