Wahab Riaz hopes for a return to Kent


Kent seamer Wahab Riaz has said he would like the opportunity to return to the county, after his spell at Canterbury ended last week. The Pakistan bowler took 42 wickets for Kent in all competitions, including a hat-trick on his home debut in the FLt20 competition. BBC Radio Kent quoted him as saying: “I had a lovely time here and I’d love to come back.” Wahab took four wickets in his final match – Kent’s 69-run win over Middlesex in the County Championship. He added: “It was really fun. The guys here are really nice. Farby [director of cricket Paul Farbrace] is a lovely guy. My team-mates have been supportive and looked after me.” Riaz was initially signed to play for Kent in Twenty20 but turned out for five County Championship matches and three CB40 fixtures as well. However, his most influential performances came in the T20 competition, taking 20 wickets in 13 matches and scoring crucial runs in the lower order. Farbrace praised the paceman for his all-round contribution. “He’s put in a great shift for us. He’s been outstanding. “He’s a high-class bowler and we’ve been very fortunate to have him with Kent this year,” he said.