Wahab Riaz has announced he will be taking an indefinite break from the longer version of the game in a bid to prolong his career in white-ball cricket.
The left-arm paceman has withdrawn himself from the forthcoming Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, where he was included in the Southern Punjab squad.
“After reviewing my past couple of years’ performances in red-ball cricket and the upcoming limited overs cricket, I have decided to take time off from first-class cricket," he said.
“During this period, I will like to focus on 50-over and 20-over cricket, and continue to assess my fitness for the longer version of the game."
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. It was a tough decision and I appreciate my Board’s support and guidance during this time— Wahab Riaz (@WahabViki) September 12, 2019
Meanwhile, the 34-year-old has not ruled out the possibility of making a comeback to red-ball cricket.
"At a stage I feel I cannot only return but also perform with the red-ball, I would make myself available."
He also mentioned the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had been trying to coax him to reconsider his decision to temporarily step away from first-class and Test cricket but they eventually supported his choice.
“The PCB had been trying to convince me to pursue my career with red-ball, but today I met them to convey my decision. I am grateful for their understanding and support.”
Wahab made his Test debut in England in 2010 and has registered 83 wickets across 27 games at an average of 34.50 as he often attracted criticism for his erratic lines and lengths.
He fell out of favour for a spot in the national side under former coach Mickey Arthur's tenure, who claimed Wahab was not part of the long-term plans.
But he was surprisingly added to the World Cup squad as Pakistan desperately sought experience in the pace attack.
Earlier this summer, Mohammad Amir had announced his retirement from Test cricket citing issues of longevity that come with the toil of five-day cricket.