Wahab Riaz takes indefinite break from Test cricket
Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz has decided to take indefinite break from the longer format of the game as he withdraws his name from Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
Wahab Riaz has decided to take a break from red-ball cricket and has withdrawn his name from the upcoming Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, the first-class competition in Pakistan. He last featured for Pakistan in Tests last year and has conveyed his decision to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
The fast bowler told reporters on Thursday: “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. During this period, I will like to focus on 50-over and 20-over cricket, and continue to access my fitness for the longer version of the game.”
Wahab also didn’t mention when he will come back in the longer format and it looks like he may retire soon from Test cricket soon. This decision comes in just after a month of another fast bowler Mohammad Amir announcing his retirement from this format.
“At a stage I feel I cannot only return but also perform with the red-ball, I would make myself available. The PCB had been trying to convince me to pursue my career with red-ball, but today I met them to convey my decision. I am grateful for their understanding and support,” he concluded.
Wahab has played four Test only since 2017. Having made his Test debut in 2010, Riaz has featured in 27 Tests for Pakistan, grabbing 83 wickets and two five-wicket hauls to his name.