After Mohammad Amir, another fast bowler Wahab Riaz following his decision has also announced to take retirement from Test Cricket. According to the reports, Wahab Riaz has communicated his decision to the Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board PCB, Ehsan Mani and he will soon make a formal announcement in the coming days. However, Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar have already crticised retirement announcement of Mohammad Amir but Mickey Arthur respected his decision.
Wahab Riaz is 34 years old and recently made his stunning comeback in ICC World Cup 2019. Currently he is playing in the T20 league happening in Canada. During his ten year career of Test Cricket, he grabbed 83 wickets in 27 matches.
Previously, 27 years old Mohammad Amir has also announced to take a break from the Pakistani Test Cricket series and announced his retirement. Shoaib Akhtar considered it as a wrong decision from Mohammad Amir as he is at the peak of making a mark in the history and in the hearts of Pakistani Cricket lovers.
Moreover, the decision of Amir was not even welcoming to Wasim Akram. According to him, the peak age of a cricketer is 27 to 28 years. In this time period, Test cricket is the phase, when you are judged for being the best. Wasim Akram also added that Pakistan will be needing Mohammad Amir in Test against Australia and England.
However, Mickey Arthur, the coach of Pakistani Cricket Team said that he was well aware of the decision of Mohammad Amir. He said that Amir has been talking to him about the effects on his body for playing Test Cricket. Mickey Arthur said that it is not about the management involvement, and the desires to play Test matches. He accepted the Amir’s decision because he knew what was best for himself.
Wahab Riaz has also made a decision to take retirement from the longer format of the cricket. Left arm pacer and last time he played against Australia in October 2018. There is no particular reason behind his decision of stepping down from Test Cricket. However, it seems like he wants to invest his energy more in the limited overs of cricket.
Let’s see, when Wahab will make a public announcement in this regard.