Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect on July 26 (Friday). However, he will continue to play in the limited-overs cricket for his country.
Amir retires from Test cricket
The 27-year-old Pakistan seamer released a statement through Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to reveal his decision. Amir has a had a tough time in cricket but came back exceptionally well after a five-year suspension period to lead Pakistan’s bowling unit once again. Mohammad Amir made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in Galle in July 2009 only at the age of 17. He featured in 36 Tests claiming 119 wickets at an average of 30.47. Amir has taken this big step considering the upcoming World T20 next year.
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Speaking on his retirement, Mohammad Amir admitted that it was an honour to play for Pakistan in the white jersey. He also added that he took the decision considering the next year’s World T20 and he will look to keep himself in the best shape for the tournament as Pakistan eye their second World T20 trophy.
“It has been an honour to represent Pakistan in the pinnacle and traditional format of the game. I, however, have decided to move away from the longer version so I can concentrate on white ball cricket,” Amir said in a statement.
“Playing for Pakistan remains my ultimate desire and objective, and I will try my best to be in the best physical shape to contribute in the team’s upcoming challenges, including next year’s ICC T20 World Cup,” Amir added.
Mohammad Amir, who picked 68 wickets in 22 Test matches after the suspension felt that this is the best time to make way for the upcoming pacer in the longer-format of the game before the commencement of the World Test Championship. Pakistan have some quality fast bowlers in their ranks with Shaheen Afridi already making his presence felt in the white-ball cricket.
“It has not been an easy decision to make and I have been thinking about this for some time. But with the ICC World Test Championship commencing shortly, and Pakistan boasting some very exciting young fast bowlers, it is appropriate that I call on my time in Test cricket so that the selectors can plan accordingly,” Amir added further.
Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) managing director heaped praise on Mohammad Amir calling him one of the most talented players as he hangs his boots from the five-day format of the game. Amir thanked PCB for providing him with the opportunity to play for his country.