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‘I don’t want to be part of blame games’: Former PCB chief selector Wahab Riaz reacts to sacking

Wahab Riaz had plenty to say after being sacked as a member of the PCB selection committee on Wednesday (July 11), but refrained from playing “blame games”.

The former left-arm pacer hit the ‘X’ to issue a statement after being eliminated following Pakistan’s group-stage exit from the recently concluded ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in the USA and the Caribbean.

“My time as a member of the PCB selection committee is coming to an end, I just want my people to know that I have served the game I love with faith and sincerity and have given 100% for the betterment of Pakistan cricket,” Wahab said .

Wahab was particularly irritated by rumors suggesting that he had added pressure on the other members of the selection committee and outbid the other six members of the panel.

“It was an honor to be part of the selection jury. Making collaborative decisions as part of the seven-man jury to select the national team was a privilege – everyone’s vote had equal weight, we made selection decisions as a team and shared the responsibility of this process equally. It was an honor to contribute my part to it,” he added.

He ended his statement by wishing Pakistan’s new head white-ball coach Gary Kirsten and the coaching staff well.

Notably, Wahab was appointed chief selector and replaced Inzamam-ul-Haq last November after the latter tendered his resignation amid allegations of conflict of interest.

However, he was demoted after Mohsin Naqvi took over as PCB chief, replacing Zaka Ashraf, the latter made a number of other changes in the selection panel.

The exit of Wahab and Abdul Razzaq reduced the seven-member selection panel to five, comprising captain and head coach of the respective formats Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Yousuf and data analyst Bilal Afzal.