Pakistan’s star pacer Wahab Riaz commented on the captaincy of Babar Azam on Thursday by saying that the latter “will learn from his experiences”.
Riaz added that Azam served as a captain in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) for just a year, which is why he should be given more time to improve in this department.
In an interview the pacer said Babar’s arrival in Peshawar Zalmi as captain will be a valuable addition for team members, including him.
“It is good for us that Pakistan’s captain is now also the skipper of Peshawar. We have a good op-portunity to play under his captaincy. Not only me, but all the players will try to prove their worth,” he said.
The left-arm pacer was also ecstatic over his achievement of being the only bowler to have 100+ wickets in PSL. He has 103 wickets in 77 matches so far in Pakistan’s premium tournament.
“I am thankful to Allah for being a part of this league and achieving this feat [having 100+ wick-ets],” said Wahab. “It’s another year and opportunity for me. I will try to make the most of it and help my team win matches.”
Wahab also recalled Zalmi’s PSL title-winning campaign in 2017. “The best moment in PSL was when we lifted the trophy. It was a very exciting moment and we really enjoyed it,” he said.
Wahab will also miss Kamran Akmal in PSL 8 as the wicketkeeper-batter went unpicked this year.
“Obviously, Kami [Kamran] bhai and I played for Peshawar since the start. His absence will defi-nitely be felt. I played a lot of cricket under him and we share a strong bond,” he shared.
It must be noted here that Kamran has been ap-pointed as a batting mentor of Zalmi for just a week. He will work with Zalmi players in training sessions ahead of the start of PSL 8.
The Men in Yellow will start their PSL 8 cam-paign against Karachi Kings at National Stadium, Karachi on February 14.—Agencies