Wahab Riaz retires from Test cricket after Amir
LAHORE: As predicted by former cricketer Shoaib Akhtar, after Mohammad Amir Pakistani fast bowler Wahab Riaz is set to announce retirement from Test cricket when he lands in the country from Canada.
According to Dunya News website, Wahab Riaz has informed about his decision to the Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ehsan Mani, while he would make it public after arriving back from the ongoing T20 cricket league in Canada.
The 34-year-old has bagged 83 wickets and scored 306 runs in 27 matches (49 innings) in the longer format of the game.
After Amir’s shock retirement from the traditional format of cricket at the age of 27-year-old, Pindi Express, the fastest bowler of Pakistan had expressed fear that Hasan Ali and Wahab Riaz may follow suit and announce retirement from Test cricket.
Shoaib Akhtar had said all the Pakistani fast bowlers wanted to play T20 only. They would find even one-day international as a long format, he had added. He had stressed that the Green Shirts needed Amir in Test series.
He had requested to the Pakistan Cricket Board to look into this matter that why a 27-year-old player was retiring.
Legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram had said it was his time to shine and strike in the ultimate format of the game, Test. He had said Pakistan would need him in two upcoming Test series.
“To me Mohammad Amir retiring from Test cricket is a bit surprising because you peak at 27-28 and Test cricket is where you are judged against the best, it’s the ultimate format. Pakistan will need him in two Tests in Australia and then three in England,” Wasim Akram had written on his retirement.