Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz publicizes retirement from worldwide cricket

Wahab Riaz of Pakistan reacts during ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 aganst England at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England. File photo

Wahab Riaz of Pakistan reacts throughout ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 aganst England at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England. File photograph
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Pakistan quick bowler Wahab Riaz on Wednesday, August 16, 2023 introduced his retirement from worldwide cricket to concentrate on enjoying T20 leagues around the globe.

The 38-year-old left-arm pacer performed 27 Checks, 91 ODIs and 36 T20 Internationals from 2008-2020, claiming 83, 120 and 34 wickets respectively.

“After an unbelievable journey, I’ve determined to retire from worldwide cricket. Massive thanks to PCB, my household, coaches, mentors, teammates, followers, and everybody who supported me. Thrilling occasions forward on the earth of franchise cricket!,” he mentioned in an announcement posted on social media platform X, previously Twitter.

“As I bid farewell to this chapter, I’m thrilled to embark on a brand new journey in franchise cricket, the place I hope to entertain and encourage audiences whereas competing towards among the greatest skills on the earth,” added the quick bowler.

Riaz is the ninth bowler in historical past of Pakistan to take a five-for on debut, recorded towards England as he took 5/63 at The Oval.

Riaz additionally took a well-known five-wicket haul towards arch rivals India within the semifinal of 2011 World Cup in Mohali, albeit in a shedding trigger.

However for a lot of, essentially the most well-known spell from Riaz got here within the quarterfinal of the 2015 World Cup when he rattled Australia batters, significantly Shane Watson, with a barrage of short-pitch bowling.

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