Wahab Riaz, Pakistan’s left-arm pacer, has announced his retirement from international cricket after the 2023 ODI World Cup. Wahab stated that he still has a lot to offer Pakistan cricket and that he has a few more years of good cricket in him.
“Everyone has to say goodbye to cricket one day,” the 36-year-old said. But my goal is to continue playing until the 2023 World Cup, assuming I stay fully fit and have a strong passion for the game. Obviously, if I’m doing well, I’ll keep going.”
Wahab revealed his plans while working as an analyst for the popular T20 World Cup show ‘The Pavilion.’Wahab last appeared for Pakistan in a Twenty20 International series against New Zealand in 2020. He was later dropped from the national team and was not named to Pakistan’s squad for the 2021 T20 World Cup. The left-arm fast bowler is determined to prove his worth and re-join the national squad. He stated that his goal is to play for Pakistan in upcoming ICC events such as the T20 World Cup in Australia in 2022 and the ICC ODI World Cup in India in 2023.
The express pacer stated that he is still in good shape and can give his all on the field. He went on to say that in modern cricket, age is just a number because players’ fitness levels have skyrocketed. He stated that regardless of age, the player should be considered for selection as long as he continues to perform.
While it is important to give young players a chance to establish themselves in international cricket, Wahab believes that having experienced players in the team is equally important, especially in the shortest format of the game.