Karachi: Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz has apologised to the nation for the team's failure in the cricket World Cup quarter final against Australia.
Riaz, who turned in one of the most enduring and blistering spells of pace bowling against Australia on Friday, said he was heart-broken with the defeat.
Pakistan's Wahab Riaz gestures to Australia's Shane Watson during their World Cup quarter-final on Friday. Pic/Getty Images
“I am sad and I apologise to the people for the defeat because they had so many expectations from us,” the left arm pacer said on Geo News channel.
“I think more than ever we need the support of our fans now. I am sad because we could have won the match,” he said. Riaz emerged as Pakistan’s most successful bowler with 16 wickets and his spell on Friday had even the Australians and international cricket community all praise for him.
Explaining his war of words with Australia's Shane Watson, Riaz said when he came into bat, Watson and others had exchanged words with him. “When he came into bat, I settled the score with him,” he said. Watson and Riaz were both penalised by the International Cricket Council on Saturday for their spat. Riaz was fined 50 per cent of his match fee while Australian all-rounder Shane Watson was penalised 15 per cent.