Pakistan’s left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz has announced to take an indefinite rest from red-ball cricket to concentrate more on the shorter format of the game.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) via press release has confirmed that the pacer wants some break from red-ball cricket while will continue playing One-Day and T20s.
The board also confirmed that Wahab has informed them before reaching any decision. In result, the fast bowler has also withdrawn from the upcoming season of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy starting from September 14.
On the other hand, Wahab also disclosed the news on Twitter. He wrote: “After a lot of thinking and discussions with my family and board, I have decided to take a break from red-ball cricket and maintain my fitness and focus on the shorter format for my country. It was a tough decision and I appreciate my Board’s support and guidance during this time.”
After a lot of thinking and discussions with my family and board, I have decided to take a break from red-ball cricket and maintain my fitness and focus on the shorter format for my country. It was a tough decision and I appreciate my Board’s support and guidance during this time
— Wahab Riaz (@WahabViki) September 12, 2019
A mixed reaction was found on Twitter as some people back Wahab’s decision while others criticized the pacer and even called him ‘Selfish Player’.
Then Best of luck for Odi & T20s ❤️❤️
— Mahrukh❤️WR Fan❤️ (@MahrukhIkram90) September 12, 2019
It is your decision,we respect this,time to nurture Young guns especially Muhammad hasnain,Muhammad abbas,Shaheen Afridi,I hope they can make a brutal pace attack!
— Usman Ajmal (@usmanajmal296) September 12, 2019
ye bilkul bhi acha feisla nhi h bhai jan abhi pakistan ko ap ki zaroort h ap bhi muhmmad ammir wala kam kr rhy h .
— atarehman (@atarehm07788942) September 12, 2019
It is pertinent to mention here that Wahab has played 27 Test for Pakistan and has taken 83 wickets at an average of 34.50.