After star pacer Mohammed Amir another pace spearhead of Pakistan announced his retirement from Test cricket format. This time brilliant left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz made an announcement to hang up his boots from Test cricket format. Now, the 34-year-old experienced cricketer who is currently playing in Global T20 League is not interested in playing longer format in cricket so he restricted himself to limited-overs formats.
The talented cricketer made his Test debut for Pakistan against England in the 2010 series where he picked up five crucial wickets after giving only 63 runs. This was considered to be his career-best score so far. He was named in both 2015 and 2019 World Cup squads due to his aggressive bowling spells. Despite putting his best Riaz was unable to lift his squad in the prestigious event. In the recently concluded ICC World Cup 2019, Wahab featured in eight matches and from that he snapped 11 wickets with a strike rate of 127.53. Apart from that, he also showed his inner batting skills in the grand tournament as he scored 88 runs with an average run rate of 17.60.
Within two weeks, Pakistan lost its two brilliant pacers in Test cricket format which will surely prove to be a big blow for the green army ahead. Last week, left-arm fast bowler Mohammed Amir announced his shocking retirement from Test cricket as he wanted to concentrate on white-ball cricket. The legendary Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar slammed Amir and said, “How could Mohammad Amir retire at the age of 27? Pakistan has invested so much in him and brought him out of the match-fixing scandal to the national side and is trying to give him chances. Now that he was in good form, he has retired”. Though the fans of both the pacers Amir and Riaz are not happy with their decisions and it will be interesting to see who will take their places in Pakistani Test cricket squad. However, Wahab Riaz has not officially announced his retirement in front of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as he is busy in playing Global T20 Canada but he will surely publicize his decision after coming back home. The final showdown of the grand event is scheduled to take place at CAA Centre, Brampton on August 11th.