Left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz has announced his retirement from international cricket, ending a career that stretched more than a decade. The announcement was made on the 16th of August 2023 in Lahore.
Wahab, who is 38 years old, made his first international appearance in February 2008 against Zimbabwe. He went on to play for Pakistan in 27 Tests, 91 ODIs, and 36 T20Is. He got 83 wickets in five-day matches, 120 in one-day games, and 34 in Twenty20 Internationals.
Wahab has been an important part of the Pakistan team for a long time. He was on the team that went to the ICC Men’s World Cup in 2011, 2015, and 2019. With 16 wickets, he had the most for Pakistan in the 2015 World Cup.
Wahab Riaz told the media at a press meeting today, “I have decided to quit international cricket today.” Over the past 15 years, it has been an honor to speak for Pakistan. I’m glad I got to play for my country because it gave me a lot of great memories.
“I want to thank PCB, my family, friends, teammates, and fans for their support on my journey.”
Chairman of the PCB Management Committee Zaka Ashraf said, “Wahab Riaz’s fast bowling was a force to be reckoned with, and his fiery spells on the pitch have left a lasting impression on cricket fans all over the world.” He was an important part of a lot of great games and events.
“As he leaves international cricket, we respect his choice and wish him the best in everything he does in the future.” We will miss his knowledge and skills, but we hope he will still be involved in the game in some way.
“As he starts this new part of his life, we want Wahab to know that he will always be a part of the Pakistan cricket family, and we look forward to seeing him stay involved in the sport.”