Asia Cup 2023: Pakistan Pacer Wahab Riaz Announces Retirement from International Cricket Ahead of Asia Cup 2023
Asia Cup 2023: Pakistan Pacer Wahab Riaz

Asia Cup 2023: Pakistan Pacer Wahab Riaz Announces Retirement from International Cricket Ahead of Asia Cup 2023:On Wednesday, August 16, 2023, Pakistan Pacer Wahab Riaz announced his retirement from international cricket through his Social Media Handle ahead of the Asia Cup 2023.

Riaz, who is 38 years old, has been a key member of the Pakistan team for many years. He is known for his Pace bowling and his ability to take wickets in important matches. He has played 91 ODIs, 27 Tests, and 36 T20Is for Pakistan, taking 120, 83, and 34 wickets, respectively.

Wahab Riaz said that he had decided to retire after much thought and deliberation. He said he wanted to focus on his family and business interests. He also said that he wanted to give the opportunity to younger players to represent Pakistan.

Riaz’s retirement is a big blow to the Pakistan team. He was one of their most experienced and reliable bowlers. However, the team has a number of talented young bowlers coming through, and they will be looking to fill the place left by Wahab Riaz.

Wahab Riaz will be remembered as one of Pakistan’s greatest fast bowlers. He will be missed by his teammates, fans, and the cricket world.

Riaz was a key member of the Pakistan team for many years. He was a part of the team that won the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. He was also the leading wicket-taker for Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

The Asia Cup 2023 is scheduled to be held in Pakistan and Sri Lanka from August 30 to September 17, 2023. It will be the first time that Pakistan has hosted the tournament since 2008.

Wahab Riaz Career Stats:

  • Test cricket: 27 matches, 83 wickets, Best: 5/63, Average: 34.51, Economy rate: 3.42

  • ODI cricket: 91 matches, 120 wickets, Best:5 /46, Average: 34.31, Economy rate: 5.71

  • T20I cricket: 36 matches, 34 wickets, Best:3/18, Average: 28.56, Economy rate: 8.21

Some Additional Career Stats of Wahab Riaz:

  • ODI debut:February 2, 2008, against Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura

  • T20I debut:April 20, 2008, against Bangladesh at Karachi

  • Test debut:August 18-21, 2010, against England at The Oval

  • Only Pakistani bowler to take a hat-trick in T20Is:against Sri Lanka on February 16, 2012.

  • Only Pakistani bowler to take a five-wicket haul in each format of international cricket:5/63 in Tests, 5/46 in ODIs, and 5/18 in T20Is.

  • Cricketer of the Year:by PCB in 2015.

  • Most Valuable Player:in the Pakistan Super League in 2016.

  • Nominated in Emerging Player of the Year:by ICC in 2011.

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