Wahab Riaz opens up on his fight with Jonathan Trott incident

The last couple of Pakistan tours to England have been marred with controversies. If the ball-tampering allegations on Pakistan side in 2006 were ugly, the spot-fixing case in 2010 was a blotch to the game. After six long years, Pakistan are touring England for a full tour and the war of words have begun. The central character in the match-fixing saga, Mohammad Amir, who played his last Test in Lord’s in 2010, is back in the Pakistan side and makes a comeback in the very same iconic venue.

While many Englishmen are not happy with Amir’s presence and feel he should have been banned for life, his Pakistani teammates are right behind him. Fellow pacer, Wahab Riaz described Amir as the team’s “little brother” and wished him, “I want him to take five wickets in this Test match to get his name back and to get his image back, which has been spoiled, and I wish him all the best to win this Test for Pakistan.” ALSO READ: Now Kevin Pietersen joins the ‘ban Mohammad Amir’ bandwagon

Wahab too was in the centre of things for his clash with England batsman Jonathan Trott. Both the cricketers had to be separated after a physical confrontation during the ODI series. Wahab also threw light on the incident by saying to AFP, “He was a bit rude and when it comes to being rude, you can never beat the Pakistanis on it. We are the most rude when it comes to it. We are nice but if somebody is rude we won’t spare it.” READ MORE: Twitterati bash Graeme Swann for making unkind remarks about Mohammad Amir

Reportedly, taking a shot at the Amir incident, Trott asked Wahab how much was he going to make from the match.

“He was a bit rude, he was angry, he was not scoring runs, he was getting out early in the ODIs, [after] doing well in the Tests. It was a frustration he tried to take out on me. It’s gone now,” added Wahab.

England are currently ranked four in the ICC Test Rankings, while Pakistan are at the third spot. The first Test begins at Lord’s on Thursday.