As is the norm now, he will continue playing franchise cricket.
“I have been speaking about my retirement plans past two years, that 2023 is my target to retire from International cricket, and I feel comfortable now more than ever that I have served my country and National team to the best I could have,” Wahab said in a press statement. “It has been an honor and a privilege to represent Pakistan on the international stage. As I bid farewell to this chapter, I am thrilled to embark on a new adventure in franchise cricket, where I hope to entertain and inspire audiences while competing against some of the best talents in the world.”
He returned to the Test side in 2014, brought back by then coach Waqar Younis, who wanted an X-factor in his attack. Mitchell Johnson had run through England in the Ashes the preceding winter and in Wahab’s slingy left-arm action and extreme pace, Waqar saw a weapon. It worked for a while, too. He was immense in Colombo, taking six wickets on a slow, low pitch and generating good heat, especially with his bouncers.
He has since forged a solid T20 career, most notably with Peshawar Zalmi in the PSL. He ended with 27 Tests, 91 ODIs and 36 T20Is for Pakistan, taking 83 Test wickets at an average of 34.50, 120 in ODIs at 34.30 and 34 T20I wickets at 28.55, numbers which do not capture the impact he was often capable of making.