Wahab Riaz working on new-ball bowling

Mohit Singh, March 8 2012,
Riaz will look to improve his bowling with the new ball now that ODIs use two new balls from both ends.
Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz has said that he has been working to overcome his lacking in bowling with new ball. Though he had dreamlike debut experience in both the Tests and ODIs, he failed to keep that momentum up. He regretted this failure and hoped to make a solid place in the Pakistan team.

Despite the injury of two young quick bowlers Junaid Khan and Mohammad Talha, Riaz could not make his way to the team as Aizaz Cheema had done well enough to get preference over him. His chance to return in the team was further reduced as Pakistan relied heavily on spinners in recent times. They opted for only one fast bowler and in-form bowler Umar Gul has filled that place.

Riaz is especially skilled in obtaining reverse swings from old ball. However, this strength has been marred by his ineffectiveness with the use of new ball. However, he is now working with former fast-bowler Sarfraz Nawaz at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. He is confident that he will be an improved bowler in the Asia cup.

Riaz made impressive performance in both of his ODI and Test debut matches where he took five wicket haul against India and England respectively. After his impressive performances in debut matches, he has not had too much to smile about. However, he is now determined to regain his lost form and is working hard to reach that goal.

Instead of organizing a formal training camp before Asia Cup, Pakistan arrange for a training camp in which all the top fast bowlers of the country has been called up. Sarfraz, one of the country’s legendary fast bowlers, is on the charge of that training camp. He said that Riaz was a very good fast bowler who was off the key due to a minor technical problem. He hoped that Riaz would be able to sort that problem out very soon and would back to the track again.

Pakistan will play their first match against Bangladesh on Sunday and take on Sri Lanka on March 15, before going head-to-head with archrivals India on March 18.

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