Wahab Riaz Hangs His Boots as International Cricketer

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Lahore, August 18: Pakistan left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz called it quits, as he announced his retirement from all formats in international cricket. His retirement marks an end to his 15-year-long career at the highest level.

Riaz has been sidelined by the Pakistan Cricket Board for the last two years and hasn’t featured in any international match for his country during this period. Riaz will continue playing T20 franchise cricket across the globe, though.

With moist eyes, Riaz announced his retirement during a press conference.

“I have been speaking about my retirement plans for the 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,” he said in his statement. “It has been an honor and a privilege to represent Pakistan on the international stage. As I bid farewell to this chapter, I am thrilled to embark on a new adventure in franchise cricket, where I hope to entertain and inspire audiences while competing against some of the best talents in the world.”

He thanked his late father, mother, wife, friends and fans who he said have supported him during tough times.

Wahab Riaz featured in 27 Tests, 91 ODIs and 36 T20Is for Pakistan in which the bowler claimed 237 wickets across three formats.

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