Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz on Wednesday, August 16 announced retirement from international cricket. The pacer announced his decision while taking it to social media. Riaz, who last played for Pakistan in December 2020 also informed that he will continue ply his trade in franchise cricket.
In a Twitter post, Riaz started with “Stepping off the international pitch”. While extending his wishes for Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), his family, mentors, teammates and fans, he said, “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.”
Additionally, he added that he looks forward to play for franchises.
The cricketer also revealed that he has been thinking of retiring from past two years. “I have been speaking about my retirement plans past two years, that 2023 is my target to retire from International cricket, and I feel comfortable now more than ever that I have served my country and National team to the best I could have.”
Riaz was recently appointed as the caretaker Sports Minister of Pakistan’s Punjab Province. In his 15-year-long career, Riaz has played 27 Tests, 91 ODIs and 36 T20Is, picking a total of 237 wickets across formats. Moreover, he continues to be the leading wicket-taker in the Pakistan Super League with 113 wickets to his name.