Wahab Riaz Joins Surrey, Eyes Big Bash Stint Next

Pakistan’s fiery quick Wahab Riaz will be wowing English crowds this summer after signing a deal with county side Surrey for its domestic Twenty20 campaign. 

The 29-year-old left-armer will joining England’s out-of-favour star Kevin Pietersen at the county for a very short stint before linking up with Pakistan for its series against Sri Lanka.

Wahab Riaz

“At the moment I am having some visa issues but hopefully they will be sorted soon. I have signed with Surrey to play a couple of Twenty20 matches,” Riaz said in an interview with Cricket Australia. “As Pakistan will be busy playing in Bangladesh and then in Sri Lanka therefore my stint at Surrey will be very short. My priority is to play for the national team.” Riaz, who left a capacity crowd in Adelaide in awe during Pakistan’s quarter-final match against Australia at the World Cup, also expressed a desire to turn up for a short stint in the Big Bash League. 

“If I get an offer from the Big Bash League I will surely try to avail it,” Riaz said of Australia’s domestic T20 tournament. “The T20 leagues such as BBL always increase your confidence level and improve your cricket. “They help you in learning professionalism.” Wahab is part of Pakistan’s squad in all three formats and is expected to lead the pace attack in the absence of the injured Mohammad Irfan in the upcoming international fixtures.