Wahab Riaz signs for Vitality Blast

Derbyshire has signed Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz for this summer’s Vitality Blast.

The experienced left-arm quick will be available for the county’s opening 10 matches, subject to final approvals, before joining Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League.

Riaz has taken 197 wickets in 167 Twenty20 matches to date, with an average of 21 and an economy rate of 7.1. He has also played in 27 Twenty20 internationals, claiming 28 wickets.

In total, he has made 132 appearances for Pakistan, taking 213 wickets with best figures of 5-46.

The 32-year-old was the leading wicket-taker in the recent Pakistan Super League, taking 18 wickets with an economy rate of just 6.9, as he helped Peshawar Zalmi reach the final in Karachi.

He also has previous experience in county cricket having represented Kent, Surrey and Essex.

Riaz will begin his spell with Derbyshire against Lancashire Lightning on Friday 6 July at The 3aaa County Ground and finish with the home fixture against Birmingham Bears on Friday 3 August.

Cricket Advisor, Kim Barnett said: “Wahab is a quick and highly-skilled fast bowler who will bring a wealth of experience to our Vitality Blast campaign.

“He has played in some of the biggest competitions in the world and represented Pakistan at the highest level.

“We wanted to bring in a proven bowler who can complement the crop of talented bowlers we already have and we’re delighted to secure Wahab for the first 10 games this summer.”

Riaz added: “I’m really excited to be joining Derbyshire for the Vitality Blast. They had a terrific 2017 campaign and from what I’ve heard they want to progress further this year.

“I hope I can play my part in a successful side and use my experience to help the squad in any way I can.”

Vitality Blast is back! Derbyshire Falcons host seven Twenty20 games this July and August. Purchase your tickets in advance and save from £4. Buy online or call 01332 388 101.

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