Wahab Riaz mulls international retirement after 2023 World Cup

Wahab Riaz, a senior Pakistan pacer, has hinted that he will retire from international cricket after the 2023 ODI World Cup in India. The 36-year-old pacer is now out of the national team but believes his chance will come in the next two to three years. This is why he is considering retiring from international competition after 2023. Riaz remarked that a player’s fitness and performance are critical in preserving their spot in the team, and he does not want to be a liability for his team. As a result, the veteran bowler will retire from international cricket after the 2023 ODI World Cup, although he will still be available to play in domestic competitions throughout the world.

“Everyone has to say goodbye to cricket one day,” Wahab Riaz told A sports. “But I still feel like I have two to three years left. My goal is to play in the 2023 World Cup and then say goodbye to cricket in Pakistan,” he said. “After that, I’ll look to play leagues all over the world.”

Riaz has represented Pakistan in 27 Tests and 91 One-Day Internationals. In addition, he has played in 36 T20Is and has 237 wickets across all formats. The next World Cup is scheduled to be held in India. In truth, the 2021 T20 World Cup was supposed to be held in India, but due to the COVID-19 situation in the country, it had to be moved to the UAE. In terms of the Pakistani team, they performed admirably throughout the tournament before being eliminated in the semi-finals by Australia. Pakistan cruised to the semi-finals by winning all of their league games, however a few minor errors in the final sent them out of the tournament.

The match appeared to be heading in Babar Azam’s direction, but some ferocious hitting by Matthew Wade and Marcus Stoinis saved Australia. Hasan Ali fumbled Shaheen Shah Afridi’s catch, and the batter then struck Afridi for three consecutive sixes, bringing the Kangaroos home.