Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra has questioned the recent developments in international cricket after Wanindu Hasaranga announced his retirement from Tests. However, Hasaranga recently announced his retirement from Test cricket to focus on the white-ball formats. He has not been in Sri Lanka’s scheme of things in the Test recently, having last played a Test in April 2021 as well.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “Wanindu Hasaranga has said he doesn’t want to play Test cricket. He is just 26 years old but has turned his back on Test cricket. What are you doing? Is that right, is that wrong? Trent Boult and Alex Hales have not even taken a contract. What is happening in world cricket? There is no doubt that he is an amazing player in T20 cricket. It won’t be wrong to say that he is Sri Lanka’s best player in white-ball cricket but he said he doesn’t want to play Test cricket and instead wants to focus on white-ball cricket.”
However, Aakash Chopra further added that while the thinking is that everyone should play Tests, others can’t decide a player’s choice as well. Aakash Chopra also opined on Wahab Riaz’s international retirement.
“Wahab Riaz bowled extremely well and had an excellent career. The highlight of his career was his spell to Shane Watson. Shane Watson was like a cat on a hot tin roof. If I remember correctly it was the Adelaide ground, a World Cup match, how well he bowled. He bowled a lot of bouncers. There was a catch if I once again remember correctly. The story could have been different had that catch been taken. That was one of the spiciest bowling spells in the entire edition of that World Cup. Wish you all the very best for your second innings,” he concluded.