Essex County Cricket Club can announce the signing of Pakistani fast bowler Wahab Riaz for the NatWest T20 Blast campaign. Riaz will feature in seven matches for the Essex Eagles, before being replaced by Adam Milne.
Riaz is a left arm fast bowler, regularly reaching speeds of up to 90 mph. He is a Limited Overs specialist, although he has played 15 Tests for Pakistan, and featured in the recent Test series against England. He has 117 Twenty20 wickets at an impressive average of 21.77, and has had spells with Kent Spitfires and Surrey in the past. He featured for the latter in the opening NatWest T20 Blast match at The E.C.G last season, taking 1/25 from his 4 overs.
Head Coach Chris Silverwood said “We are pleased to have Wahab joining the squad for the first half of the NatWest T20 Blast season. He will add a different dimension to our bowling attack, being a left armer and bowling with real pace.
We are looking at this competition with confidence. We need to improve our performance from the past few seasons, and drive our Limited Overs cricket forward. Wahab’s signing helps us with this.
Essex’s Overseas signings are in partnership with Seven Investment Management, the Eagles’ NatWest T20 Blast sponsor.
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