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Wahab Riaz avoids “blame game” in detailed statement after sacking

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Former cricketer Wahab Riaz issued a statement after he was removed as the national men’s selector and senior team manager on Wednesday.

In a statement released on all of his social media handles, Wahab expressed his gratitude for serving as a part of the selection committee while highlighting that he has a lot to say but does not want to be a part of “blame games”.

“There is alot I can say but I don’t want to be part of the blame games,” wrote Wahab in the caption of his social media post, featuring his statement.

“My time serving as a member of selection committee for PCB comes 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 percent for the betterment of Pakistan cricket.

“It has been an honour to serve as part of the selection panel. To make collaborative decisions as part of the seven-man panel to select the national team was a privilege – everyone’s vote carried equal weight, we made selection decisions as a team & shared the responsibility of that process equally,” he added.

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Wahab Riaz then went on to express his confidence that the national team, under Gary Kirsten’s coaching, will foster into a dominant force.

“It was an honour to contribute my part to that. Moreover, it was an honour to support Gary Kirsten & the coaching group as they set their vision for this team,” stated Wahab.

“I am confident that the team plans the coaches have put together will ensure this team continues to grow into a dominant force as we move forward and I wish them the best of luck on that journey,” he added.

“I am thankful to the people who have prayed for me. I wish nothing but success for the future of the Pakistan cricket team,” he concluded.

Earlier today, Wahab Riaz denied the reports that suggested he was, alongside team manager Mansoor Rana were sacked owing to the bad discipline and dressing room atmosphere in the team during the recent series as well as the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024.

“I don’t agree with the statements being discussed about adding pressure to the members of the selection committee, how can 1 vote dominate 6? Everything is documented on record in the meeting minutes,” Wahab posted.

“I will be issuing my statement today evening.”

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