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Wahab Riaz takes a break from red-ball cricket

Wahab Riaz takes a break from red-ball cricket

Wahab Riaz has decided to take an indefinite break from red-ball cricket and has withdrawn himself from the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, where he was expected to represent Southern Punjab. Wahab, who made his Test debut in 2010 against England, last played for Pakistan in a five-day game last year in October.

"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," Wahab said.

He said he would continue to closely assess his fitness levels and if his performances allowed him to return to red-ball cricket, he might make a comeback to the conventional format.

"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. At a stage I feel I cannot only return but also perform with the red-ball, I would make myself available,” the left-arm paceman added.