What does it indicates to see Wahab and Amir away from Test cricket is the question hard to find answer.
Test cricket which makes cricketers from ordinary to extraordinary. Extraordinary to Legends is missing some best players in the format. After the retirement of Muhammad Amir at the age of 27. We already have witnessed Wahab Riaz’s break from Test cricket at the age of 34. However it is difficult to find a rest time at such age due to fear of losing spot but Wahab Riaz didn’t care though. He decided to leave test format for some time as he wants to play short formats at the moment.
But what does it actually indicates ? will he get a chance after making available himself for longer format or will any young cricketer make his way for him or will any get his place for permanent time of space ? Although his age suggest he should take rest on occasion such like 1 missing Test after 2. But he takes it as per his desirable time which means he can come whenever he wants. However Muhammad Amir’s retirement is the biggest disappointment but what does it indicate too?
If we look at recent time of Pakistan Cricket Board we may find answers. Although many cricket fans blamed Mohammad Amir for making money. And desire for playing more leagues but it looks unreal since Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided to issue NoCs to only those who haven’t played 2 leagues in a year. Means Any Pakistani contracted only can play two leagues in a year. Mohammad Amir is still in contracted players’ list. He may not play more than two leagues. Even if he plays Test cricket he can still manage to play two leagues in a year.
So leagues couldn’t be a reason here. Now look at some facts:
Umar Akmal who was the biggest T20I player Pakistan had produced in this decade before Babar Azam got axed from the team due to his ODIs performances. He had phenomenal WT20 2014 in Bangladesh with bat. His most of the quick fires and fifties won games for Pakistan. Yet axed due to poor ODIs and couldn’t play T20I cricket owing to ODIs.
Muhammad Amir who had phenomenal economy in T20I cricket after 2016 T20 World Cup to 2018. More wickets than other bowlers and strike rate was also bestest but got axed from T20Is side due to poor Test records in 2017. Once he gets into Test side, he made T20 comeback as well.
Abdul Rehman who was main Test bowler of Pakistan cricket got axed from Test side due to poor show in ODIs. He was getting wickets like fun in Test cricket. But wasn’t good enough in ODIs, once he failed in ODIs. He axed from Test side as well.
Shoaib Malik was used to play brilliant T20I cricket but when he failed in ODIs, he axed from T20Is as well. Shoaib Malik was also not the part of Test side. But made a comeback after phenomenal two ODI series. It indicates that Pakistan Cricket Board and chief selectors are keen to see one format performance to decide other formats.
It reflects the many reasons that Pakistan Cricket Board doesn’t see who is good at where but wants to see how he performed in last series.