Wahab Riaz, a Pakistani bowler, leaves international cricket before ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

Wahab Riaz, a Pakistani bowler, leaves international cricket before ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. Wahab Riaz, a seasoned fast bowler, announced his retirement from international cricket on Wednesday with immediate effect. 

The 38-year-old will still play in franchise cricket matches. Riaz played for Pakistan’s cricket squad in the World Cups of 2011, 2015, and 2019. His retirement decision was made prior to the ODI World Cup in India. In 27 Tests, he has taken 83 wickets; in 91 ODI games, he has played, he has taken 120 wickets. It is unknown why he made this choice. We are awaiting official word from the PCB on this. The cricketer’s statement from today is as follows.

Wahab Riaz said in a statement following his international retirement, “I have been speaking about my retirement plans the past two years. 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 that I could have.

“Representing Pakistan on the world stage has been a privilege and an honour. As I say goodbye to this chapter, I’m excited to start a new journey in franchise cricket, where I hope to inspire and amuse spectators while facing off against some of the best players in the world,” he continued.

The 38-year-old played for Team Green in 91 ODIs, 27 Tests, and 36 T20 Internationals. The seasoned player amassed 83 wickets in Test cricket, 120 in ODIs at a rate of 34.30, and 34 wickets at a rate of 28.55 in short games.

Wahab became well-known during the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, where his ferocious outing against Australia stood out in particular. In limited-overs cricket, his ability to produce pace and bounce makes him a significant asset. Wahab Riaz took over as Punjab’s interim provincial sports minister in March 2023.

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