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Wahab Riaz aims to keep things simple on flat English decks
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Wahab Riaz aims to keep things simple on flat English decks

Recalled fast bowler Wahab Riaz on Tuesday said it will be important for bowlers to keep things simple on flat English decks in the upcoming World Cup.

Pakistan’s recent encounters against England saw bowlers from both sides struggling to make an impact, with scores going in excess of 350.

According to chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, Pakistan’s bowling in the England series lacked potency which saw him adding the vastly experienced duo of Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir in World Cup squad.

Wahab's inclusion also indicates Pakistan’s search towards reverse swing, which might hold the key in dry English summer.

“It is important to keep things simple on batting wickets,” said Wahab in a press conference before heading for the World Cup campaign.

Despite the introduction of two new balls in ODIs, Wahab remained confident of exploiting reverse swing in death overs which bars batsmen from hitting through the line easily.

“With the conditions dry and wickets hard in England, there will be reverse swing and the team which will do it better will have the advantage.

“I have expertise on reverse swing so I will try to restrict the flow of runs in the last overs.”

‘Don’t want to live in the past’

Last year, Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur had raised questions over Wahab’s work ethic, saying the fast bowler had not won a single for Pakistan in two years.

Wahab last played an ODI against India in Champions Trophy 2017 opener and wasn’t in chief selector’s consideration last month.

"I can't explain the pain I gone through in words but I don't want to live in past that's history now," said Wahab.

"Now it's about what we are going to do in World Cup that's important. Obviously its coach's duty to have result from the players and he obviously wants those who can win matches for the team. I want to be in that list.

"I was extremely disheartened as I was performing for the past two years. But, since I couldn't perform in the Champions Trophy I had to sit out because you need to do well continuously to be a part of the team.

“I was trying to push my case for selection by performing wherever I could. I was very disappointed and I was very frustrated too. I felt that I was hard done by, but at the same time the team was doing well. But, I never lost hope. Now, I feel I have gotten [the] reward."