Wahab Riaz, the Pakistani pacer, has revealed that he did not quit the test cricket in order to make money from shorter forms of games and leagues.
The pacer also disclosed that his decision to quit red-ball is permanent and he will think to rejoin once he feels ready for it.
Talking about his removal from the central contracts by PCB, he said that it does not concern him and thinks that the board has done it to give a chance to the youngsters. He says that playing for his country is the priority.
Wahab Riaz: I do not care about central contracts, didn’t quit Test cricket for money
“There is a false impression that we have given up red-ball cricket to make money from leagues. There is no such thing. We have always preferred to play for Pakistan and our decision should be respected,” Riaz told Geo Super.
“Since 2017, I was not even a regular fixture of the Test squad. I had barely played a Test,” the 34-year-old reminded his critics who had deemed his absence a major blow for the five-day unit.
“It is possible that we have been exemplified for quitting red-ball cricket or maybe the PCB wanted to give a chance to young fast bowlers and groom them by keeping them centrally contracted,” he said.
“Central contract is not my priority … playing for the country is and will always be. It will be an honor to play for the country whenever the opportunity arises.”