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The Hundred: Pakistan's Wahab Riaz Returns Home Due to Visa Issues on Arrival in UK

Wahab Riaz was in UK to play The Hundred.

Wahab Riaz was in UK to play The Hundred.

Riaz, who has played 27 Tests, 91 ODIs and 36 T20Is, incidentally, is not a centrally contracted player of the PCB. He was captain of Peshawar Zalmi which reached the finals of PSL 2021.

Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz had to return to his home country after he failed to produce documents for the validation of his Visa upon arrival in London. The 36-year-old was roped in to play ‘The Hundred’ for Trent Rockets where he would have replaced Aussie speedster Nathan Coulter-Nile. But that now seems to be in a jeopardy. The ECB confirmed that Riaz had to fly back.

“We are aware that Wahab Riaz has had an issue with his visa and is travelling back to Pakistan to prepare the correct paperwork. Trent Rockets will arrange for a short-term replacement if required," a spokesman for The Hundred told Cricbuzz on Friday. Meanwhile the Pakistan Cricket Board also said they are in the know but they can’t do anything about it as The Hundred doesn’t fall under their jurisdiction.

Riaz, who has played 27 Tests, 91 ODIs and 36 T20Is, incidentally, is not a centrally contracted player of the PCB. He was captain of Peshawar Zalmi which reached the finals of PSL 2021. The 36-year-old was then called up to play for the Rockets where he would have joined the likes of Joe Root and Rashid Khan. The franchise said that they have back up plan for Riaz; he hasn’t played a T20 game since December.

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first published:July 09, 2021, 21:00 IST