Cape Town - Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has questioned the work ethic
of Wahab Riaz after the fast bowler was dropped from a training camp ahead of
the upcoming tour to Ireland and England.
Wahab, who has played in 26 Tests, has been left out of a
25-man squad that has assembled for fitness training ahead of a tour where they
will play Ireland in a one-off Test and two Tests against England.
Mohammad Amir, Muhammad Abbas, Hasan Ali, Mir Hamza and
Rahat Ali were the pace bowlers chosen for the camp while 17-year-old Shaheen
Shah Afridi is also training with squad to get experience.
When asked about the 32-year-old Wahab, Arthur told
ESPNcricinfo: "He has not won us a game in two years. I expect players
that have been around for a long time to be winning us games and setting
Otherwise we will invest in younger players who have long
futures. We have good youngsters around. [Dropping] Wahab is a big decision but
we have chosen a squad according to the time of year, country and conditions.
"The guys need to push themselves and get out of their
Arthur insisted that he wants to change the culture in the
Pakistan team where players just do the minimum requirement regarding their
The Pakistan mentor continued: "I cannot fault Wahab
when he has a ball in his hand but his work ethic around training is something
needs to be looked at.
"I am changing the culture in this Pakistan environment
and I am not interested in players doing just the bare minimum.
"I want players winning us games of cricket and pushing
themselves to be the best they can be. This is a high-performance environment,
not an environment where mediocrity is accepted.
"Unless you are winning games consistently, you are
under pressure for your position."
Pakistan's Test against Ireland, which will be the European
team's first in the longest format, will be played in Malahide from 11 May.