One of the finest pacers of Pakistani Cricket Squad, Wahab Riaz has recently decided to take an indefinite break from red-ball cricket in order to focus on limited-overs formats. Riaz feels that he cannot maintain his fitness for the longer version of the game and as a result, he announced that he will take time off from first-class cricket.
While confirming the news to Pakistan Cricket Board, the 34-year-old left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz said, “after reviewing my past couple of years’ performances in red-ball cricket and the upcoming limited-overs cricket, I have decided to take time off from first-class cricket”. Further, he added, “during this period, I will like to focus on 50-over and 20-over cricket, and continue to assess my fitness for the longer version of the game.
Riaz also pulled out his name from the grand tournament of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy starting from September 14th just to focus more on white-ball cricket. However, he didn’t announce his official retirement from Test format as he needs more time before hanging up his boots in red-ball cricket. Maybe this is the reason why he took an indefinite break from the longer format.
The talented fast bowler made his impressive Test debut against England in 2010 series where he picked up five crucial wickets for 63 runs. This is his career-best performance so far. Since then he has featured in 27 Test matches and scalped 83 wickets.
Riaz 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 recent ICC World Cup 2019, Wahab featured in eight matches and snapped 11 wickets. This also impressed the Pakistani cricket team selectors as they were satisfied with his performance in the grand carnival. But later his sabbatical news stunned all of them. Riaz made an announcement of his sabbatical from Test cricket format at the time of Global T20 Canada 2019. Though he didn’t officially confirm the news to Pakistan Cricket Board.