Grant Elliott lashes out at Sarfaraz Ahmed

Wahab Riaz was named in Pakistan’s World Cup Squad few days ago. While announcing the squad, Pakistani chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said that pace bowler Wahab Riaz was included in the finalised World Cup squad due to his experience and pace respectively.

Wahab was initially not included in the list of 23 probables for the World Cup. However, he ended up being included in the finalised World Cup squad after the Pakistan seamers struggled during the five-match ODI series against England.

Wahab Riaz was the third-highest wicket-taker in this year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL) with 17 wickets in 13 games for the Peshawar Zalmi at an average of 19.88.. Photo: Getty Images

Few days ago, Pakistani skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed praised pacer Wahab Riaz for a magnificent spell against Afghanistan on Friday in the World Cup warm-up match where he produced extravagant reverse swing that almost won Pakistan the game.

“That’s why we picked him [Wahab]. We want pace and reverse swing,” he said.

Former New Zealand all-rounder Grant Elliot has criticised Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed’s comment about reverse swing in a tweet.

Elliot was against the idea of reverse swing coming into play in the World Cup. The former Kiwi player was adamant in his belief that reverse swing should be rooted out by replacing the ball if it starts to reverse.

“With two new balls it should not reverse swing after 25 overs. If it does the ball should be replaced by the umpires,” he tweeted.

“Reverse swing shouldn’t decide this World Cup. Pace and spin yes, but not reverse swing.”

Elliot however was not impressed by the comments of the Pakistan Skipper and stated that he had an issue with reverse swing.

“I just have an issue against reverse,” he tweeted. “Not against it if there was only one ball [used].”

The 40-year-old further insinuated that reverse swing is not an art but depends entirely on the condition of the ball.

“No it would be like giving the leggy a ball with a pronounced seam. My point is that the skill is only there if the ball is in bad shape,” he tweeted. “It shouldn’t get into bad shape in 25 overs.”

Elliot also insinuated that foul-play might be involved in the art of reverse swing.

“Can someone tell me how it’s done? If you give me some sandpaper, I could do it no problem,” he added.

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