“I am sad and I apologize to the people for the defeat because they had so many expectations from us,” the left arm pacer said on the 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. “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 was penalized 50% of his match fee by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for using “aggressive and abusive language” at the end of an over. Match referee Ranjan Madugalle said: “It was an enthralling contest between Shane and Wahab, but in the closing stages of the match both players crossed that fine line between intense competition and unacceptable behavior, and this resulted in the sanctions.”
“We have to accept we lost and they won, so we have to congratulate them. At the end, I said to him well played, that’s it.”