Just a few days after Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir hung his boots from Test Cricket, his teammate Wahab Riaz also retired from the longer format of the game. Riaz, who is currently playing in the Global T20 League and is playing Brampton Wolves. As of now, it looks like he is interested in playing the limited-overs format. Wahab has 83 Test wickets to his name in 27 matches with a career-best of 5/63. As per local channel, Duniya TV, the Pakistani pacer will formally announce his retirement after he comes back to his country. For now, it is reported that the PCB Chairman, Ehsan Mani already knows about his decision. Mohammad Amir’s Test Retirement Was on the Cards for a Long While, Says Coach Mickey Arthur.
Riaz, however, made a comeback in the team in World Cup 2019 and had a great outing at the mega event. Earlier Mohammad Amir was criticised for his early retirement from Test Cricket. Shoaib Akhtar slammed him on his YouTube channel and said, “How could Mohammad Amir retire at the age of 27? Pakistan has invested so much on him and brought him out of the match-fixing scandal to the national side and is trying to give him chances. Now that he was in good form, he has retired.”
The Rawalpindi Express had also mentioned that Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz and Junaid Khan's could follow Riaz. Akhtar’s fears toured out to be true. Talking about his stint in the CWC 2019, the pacer was featured in eight matches. Snapping 11 wickets from eight games, the pacer had a strike rate of 127.53. Riaz scores 88 runs with 45 being his highest and had an average of 17.60.