The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) seems to be keen to learn from the spot-fixing scandal.
Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) seems to be keen to learn from the spot-fixing scandal and root out corruption from its cricket system as the national selectors chose to ignore pace bowler Wahab Riaz and wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal for the tour to Bangladesh.
Though there was no official word on why Wahab Riaz, in particular, was not included in the squad but a board official said on condition of anonymity that it was obvious.
"We don't need to say anything. Everyone is aware that in given circumstances and after the spot-fixing trial, the board does not want to take any risks with players whose names have been linked in any way to corruption during the spot-fixing trial," the official said.
The omission of Wahab was hard to explain for the chief selector Mohammad Illyas although he said at the press conference, called to announce the teams for the upcoming tour, that the players had been picked after consensus between the selectors and the team management presently in Abu Dhabi.
"This is the best possible team we could have selected after consultations with the team management," Illyas said.
But he failed to explain as to how a bowler who took five wickets in the 2011 World Cup semi-final and who has been Pakistan's leading strike bowler in Tests and ODIs this year, has been omitted despite performing well.
Wahab, a left-arm pacer, in his last Quaid-e-Azam trophy match took six wickets in an innings at the national stadium in Karachi to power National bank to a win and has been in prime form this season.
Until August this year, the selection committee then headed by Mohsin Khan, who is now interim coach, was describing Wahab and Umar Gul as the main strike bowlers.
Wahab and Gul were rested by the selectors for the tour to Zimbabwe on the grounds that with a hectic international season coming up the selectors wanted them to be fresh and fit for the bigger series that included the ongoing one against Sri Lanka in UAE.