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Reason behind Wahab Riaz’s retirement

Reason behind Wahab Riaz's retirement

Pakistan’s pace sensation, Wahab Riaz, has laid bare the rationale underpinning his retirement from international cricket, marking the end of a remarkable career that saw him secure 237 wickets for Pakistan in 154 matches across all formats.

In the wake of his decision, Riaz has articulated that the current crop of fast bowlers in Pakistan’s team stands as the driving force behind his choice. Acknowledging the depth and prowess of Pakistan’s current pace arsenal, Riaz deems his return to the national side as highly unlikely.

While expressing his sentiments, Riaz stated,

“I wanted to continue playing for Pakistan but that is difficult and nearly impossible right now.” He elaborated, recognizing the formidable cadre of fast bowlers currently occupying spots in the team, thereby leaving no room for his reentry.

Grateful for the pivotal role mentors played in shaping his cricketing journey, Riaz extended his heartfelt gratitude to Waqar Younis, Aaqib Javed, and Mohammad Akram. Their unwavering support and guidance throughout his career have been instrumental in his evolution as a formidable bowler.

Reflecting on a defining moment in Pakistan’s cricketing history, Riaz fondly recalled his mesmerizing spell against Australia’s Shane Watson during the 2015 World Cup encounter in Adelaide. This remarkable display of pace and bounce has etched itself into his memory as one of the highlights of his career. He shared,

“I will never forget the spell I bowled to Shane Watson, it was the best one of my career.”

Riaz’s journey in international cricket commenced with his ODI and T20I debuts in 2008, followed by his first Test appearance in 2010. A significant milestone arrived during his Test debut against England at The Oval in 2010, where he clinched figures of 5 for 63, positioning himself as the ninth Pakistani bowler to capture five wickets on debut.

Among his standout performances in ODIs, Riaz’s spell against arch-rivals India during the World Cup semi-final in Mohali remains etched in cricketing annals. His remarkable feat of taking 5 for 46 included prized scalps like Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, and MS Dhoni.

Bringing his illustrious international career to a close, Riaz participated in his final international match in December 2020 – a T20I contest against New Zealand in Hamilton. However, this retirement marks not the end of Riaz’s cricketing journey, as the 38-year-old intends to continue gracing T20 leagues worldwide with his formidable skills, thereby ensuring that his legacy endures beyond international boundaries.

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