Amid speculations that a number of fast bowlers will follow Mohammad Amir’s retirement decision, another pacer has decided to quit Test cricket.Left-arm Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz has taken an indefinite break from red-ball cricket in order to focus on limited-overs formats.He said that he should have to focus on limited overs format of cricket.Due to his recent performances in Test he decided not to continue his test career as this is pointed to him earlier by Arthur.
After a lot of thinking and discussions with my family and board, I have decided to take a break from red-ball cricket and maintain my fitness and focus on the shorter format for my country. It was a tough decision and I appreciate my Board’s support and guidance during this time
— Wahab Riaz (@WahabViki) September 12, 2019
In his recent tweet he announces his retirement from Test Cricket.”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,” Riaz said in a statement released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday.
He has conveyed his decision to the PCB while confirming that he has withdrawn from the upcoming Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, the first-class competition in Pakistan.
While he hasn’t ruled out his return to red-ball cricket in the future, the left-armer stressed that he would do so only if he’s convinced that he can perform.
“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. At a stage I feel I cannot only return but also perform with the red-ball, I would make myself available,” he added.
The 34-year-old left-arm fast bowler has 83 Test wickets to his name in 27 matches with a career-best of 5/63