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Wahab Riaz takes a ‘break’ from Test cricket

Pacer says decision taken to focus on limited-overs format

SAMAA | - Posted: Sep 12, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Sep 12, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago

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Pakistan fast-bowler Wahab Riaz announced Thursday that he is “taking a break” from Test cricket.

“After a lot of thinking and discussions with my family and board, I have decided to take a break from red-ball cricket and maintain my fitness and focus on the shorter format for my country,” the pacer tweeted. “It was a tough decision and I appreciate my board’s support and guidance during this time.”

Wahab Riaz has represented Pakistan in 27 Tests and took 83 wickets at an average of 34.50 and economy of 3.42. His last appearance for Pakistan in the longest format was in 2018 against Australia in Dubai.

His pace attack partner Mohammad Amir had also announced to retire from Test cricket earlier this year to prolong his limited-overs career as well.

(An earlier version of the story incorrectly stated that Wahab Riaz has taken 113 wickets in 27 Tests. The error is regretted and the story has been corrected)

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