In a recent development, Wahab Riaz has made the decision to retire from international cricket. He conveyed this choice through his social media platform. While he plans to continue his involvement in franchise cricket, he will no longer be accessible for national duties going forward.
Throughout his international journey, Riaz took part in 27 Tests, 91 ODIs, and 36 T20Is. His most recent international appearance was in 2020. Notably, he secured 83 wickets in Tests, with an average of 34.50. In ODIs, he grasped 120 wickets at an average of 34.30, while in T20Is, he claimed 34 wickets, maintaining a bowling average of 28.55. Notably, he was a key member of Peshawar Zalmi in PSL 2023.
Reflecting on his decision, Riaz expressed, “I have been discussing my retirement plans for the past two years, setting 2023 as my target to step away from international cricket. I am now more certain than ever that I have given my utmost to serve my country and the national team.
Representing Pakistan on the global stage has been both an honor and a privilege. As I close this chapter, I am eagerly looking forward to a fresh journey in franchise cricket. My aim is to captivate and motivate audiences while competing against some of the world’s finest talents,” as stated in a press release.
🏏 Stepping off the international pitch— Wahab Riaz (@WahabViki) August 16, 2023
🌟 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. 🙏
Exciting times ahead in the world of franchise…
Noteworthy moments in Riaz’s ODI career encompass his remarkable performances, including his standout display in the 2015 World Cup Quarter-final against Australia.