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Wahab Riaz announces his retirement plan

Wahab Riaz retirement

Pacer Wahab Riaz has achieved a historic milestone by becoming the first Pakistani cricketer to take 400 wickets in T20 cricket. The 37-year-old reached the feat during the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) where he is playing for the Khulna Tigers. Riaz is now the sixth bowler overall to reach this milestone and the second pacer, following Dwayne Bravo. The other bowlers with over 400 wickets in T20 cricket include Sunil Narine, Rashid Khan, Imran Tahir, and Shakib Al Hassan.

In the match against Chattogram Challengers on Friday, Riaz claimed figures of 4-36 in four overs to surpass the 400-wicket mark. He has played 335 matches and has taken 401 wickets at an average of 22.25 and an economy rate of 7.48. Riaz has also taken a five-wicket haul three times, with his best figures being 5-8.

Despite being out of the national team since 2020, Riaz continues to make a significant contribution to the sport through his performances in league cricket. He is currently the highest wicket-taker in the BPL with 11 wickets in five matches and is also playing in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Riaz, who made his international debut in 2008, has announced that he will retire from international cricket after the World Cup 2023 in India. He believes that age does not matter as long as an individual keeps fit and performs for his/her team.

The speedster has announced that he will retire from international cricket after the World Cup 2023 in India. “Everyone has to say goodbye to cricket one day. But my target is to carry on playing until the 2023 World Cup, that is, if I remain fully fit and my passion for the game remains strong as well. Obviously, if I am performing I will carry on,” Riaz said.

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