Wahab Riaz axed from Pakistan squad after spot-fixing link

Pakistan paceman Wahab Riaz has been left out of the squad for their tour of Bangladesh after his name was mentioned in the recent spot-fixing trial .

Riaz was in the squad for last month's Tests against Sri Lanka but was sent home after he was named in court as being allegedly involved in the scam.

The trial led to his team-mates Salman Butt, Mohammed Amir and Mohammad Asif being jailed for spot-fixing.

Umar Akmal, whose name was also linked to the scam, is included in the party.

Riaz has 17 wickets in seven Tests and 38 scalps in 22 one-day internationals.

PAKISTAN IN BANGLADESH

  • Tests: 2
  • ODIs: 3
  • T20s: 1

He made his debut against England at the Oval last year during an ill-fated series blighted by the spot-fixing allegations.

During the subsequent trial, an undercover reporter claimed agent Mazher Majeed had told him that Wahab, Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal were players he could control in relation to fixing.

The Pakistan Cricket Board declined to comment on the reasons for Wahab's exclusion.

"We have picked the best possible team," said chief selector Mohammad Illyas.

His place in the Test squad was taken by 23-year-old quick bowler Mohammad Talha.

Pakistan will play two Tests, three one-dayers and one Twenty20 international in Bangladesh from 26 November.