On Wednesday, Wahab Riaz, a fast bowler from Pakistan, said he was giving up international cricket. This means that his “incredible journey” is over. The left-handed pitcher wrote about the change on his official X account, which used to be called Twitter. The 38-year-old will keep playing in Twenty20 leagues all over the world. Riaz made his first appearances in ODIs and T20Is in 2008. His first Test was in 2010. During his career, the man from Lahore played 27 Tests, 91 ODIs, and 36 T20Is for Pakistan.
Wahab Riaz retires from international cricket
More than 200 people were out of the game because of him. In 2010, Riaz played his first Test match against England at The Oval. He took 5 wickets for 63 runs and became the ninth Pakistani bowler to do so. In the World Cup semi-final in Mohali, he did his best in an ODI against India, one of their biggest foes.
He took 5 wickets for 46 runs. Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, and MS Dhoni were among the players he took out. Riaz also had one of the most famous bowling spells in Pakistani cricket history when he used speed and bounce to fool Australia’s Shane Watson in a 2015 World Cup match in Adelaide. The pacer’s last international game was a T20I against New Zealand in Hamilton in December 2020.
“Stepping off the international pitch. After an incredible journey, I’ve decided to retire from international cricket. Big thank you to PCB, my family, coaches, mentors, teammates, fans, and everyone who supported me,” Riaz said.
“Exciting times ahead in the world of franchise cricket!” he added.