Wahab Riaz spills the beans about nepotism in Ramiz Raja’s tenure

Pacer Wahab Riaz (left) and former PCB chief Ramiz Raja. — AFP/PPI

Pakistan’s veteran star Wahab Riaz Mohammad Wasim began widespread favoritism when he was the lead selector of the national men’s team during the tenure of former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja.

Wahab, who last played an international match in 2020, researched the former head selector as he cast veteran cricketers aside despite his performances, saying: “Laptop head selector [Wasim] made a bad choice. He had no reason not to pick players like Imad Wasim. Shoaib Malikand Sarfaraz Ahmed.”

“Shoaib and Imad performed well in the 2021 T20 World Cup. Why didn’t their performance come to his laptop? Why were they ignored for the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia? What was their crime?” The 37-year-old cricketer asked during an exclusive interview

When Wahab was asked if he had ever discussed the matter with the former PCB chairman, he replied that he had not.

“I know rambling brother was the ultimate authority. The lead selector should have communicated with us, but in our culture you only communicate with people who agree with you. You don’t communicate with those who know how to defend their stance,” he said.

Wahab was eliminated from the roster in 2020 after picking five wickets in two ODIs and three in three T20Is, in which he played while Ehsan Mani was chairman of PCB and Wasim Khan as CEO.


Wahab reiterated that nepotism must have a limit.

“There should be a limit to favoritism. It’s not fair to characterize players as over-aged. If age matters, then the rule should be the same for everyone,” stressed the veteran speedster.

“Take the example of Misbah Bhai playing 40+ for Pakistan. I think the peak of any cricket player starts after the age of 30. There are many other examples. Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Faf Du Plessis are all over 30 but playing for their team. I think age “If there is a top player on the team worthy of playing, it should be chosen regardless of age.”

national team comeback

After his final form in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2023, Wahab awaits a comeback on the national side.

“There’s been a lot of ups and downs in my career, but I always try to believe in my hard work and skills,” said Wahab, who joined the 400-club with 400 T20 wickets at this year’s BPL.

Wahab became the second pacer in T20 history to get 400 wickets. First speed was Dwayne Bravo from the West Indies.

Wahab, who has already stated that he will decide his future after this year’s mega 50-over format, said: “My job is to perform and strengthen my cause. Obviously, it’s the World Cup year and I really want to represent Pakistan once again.” Activity.

NCA training

Wahab announced that he was allowed to train without any hindrance at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore.

“I will not lie here Nadeem Khan [ex-Director High-Performance Centre] has helped me train at NCA every time. Yes, Amir and some players who haven’t played in Pakistan for the past two years were not allowed. But I have always trained there and used all the opportunities,” he said.

Arrival of Najam Sethi

Wahab sees Najam Sethi‘s arrival is positive for the development of cricket in the country.

“The arrival of Najam Sethi has been good for cricket. I hope the good performer for Pakistan will do me justice with players like Sarfaraz, Hafeez, Malik and Hassan Ali.”