Pakistan speedster Wahab Riaz has decided to take an indefinite break from red-ball cricket to solely focus on limited-overs. Riaz, who has played 27 Tests for Pakistan, last played in the longest format of the game against Australia in 2018. He picked up 83 wickets at 34.50, which included a couple of five-wicket hauls.
“After reviewing my past couple of years’ performances in red-ball cricket and the upcoming limited-overs cricket, I have decided to take time off from first-class cricket,” Wahab said. “During this period, I will like to focus on 50-over and 20-over cricket, and continue to access my fitness for the longer version of the game. At a stage I feel I cannot only return but also perform with the red-ball, I would make myself available.
“The PCB had been trying to convince me to pursue my career with red-ball, but today I met them to convey my decision. I am grateful for their understanding and support.”
Riaz was part of the Pakistan World Cup squad, despite failing to make it to the preliminary list. He finished as Pakistan’s second highest wicket-taker with 11 scalps at 36.36 runs apiece.
Pakistan, who are part of the World Test Championship, will host Sri Lanka for two Tests, followed by Bangladesh. They will also play away series against Australia and England.