In a shocking announcement, Pakistan’s talisman fast bowler Mohammad Amir has decided to call time on his Test career at the age of just 27 years. Amir had decided to hang his boots from the red ball version in order to concentrate more on the limited-overs format of the game. The southpaw seamer had a great outing for Pakistan in the recently concluded World Cup.
The southpaw seamer took 17 wickets in the eight matches of the World Cup. Thus, he was Pakistan’s leading wicket-taker in the ODI showpiece. The gun fast bowler scalped 119 wickets in the 36 Test matches for Pakistan. He bowled with an average of 30.48 in the longest format of the game.
It is a shocking decision.
On the other hand, Amir made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2009. Amir had a fine start to his Test career as he scalped six wickets at Galle. However, his efforts went in vain as Pakistan lost that match by 50 runs.
Thank you PCB, our PM @ImranKhanPTI @wasimakramlive bhi @SAfridiOfficial bhi @waqyounis99 & @yousaf1788. Thank you and my fans for always supporting me and I hope you all will support my this decision also.see video link https://t.co/BbAYzPbncl
— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) July 26, 2019
The southpaw seamer took four five-wicket hauls in his Test career and his best bowling figures of 6-44 came against West Indies in April 2017 at Kingston in Jamaica.
“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 release.
Amir added the next year T20I World Cup is at the top of his priority.
“Playing for Pakistan remains my ultimate desire and objective, and I will try my best to be in th
e best physical shape to contribute in the team’s upcoming challenges, including next year’s ICC T20 World Cup,” Amir added.
It is a disappointment for the game that Amir has decided to move away from the Test format. He is a fantastic bowler who is still at his prime and has a lot of time in his career.
Here is how Twitter reacted to his retirement:
Quite surprised by the Mohammad Amir announcement. We haven't seen the best of him in Test cricket, but I don't see why we still couldn't; he's got the skills, and had plenty of time (was 15 for only about 3 years) to get them together. Capable boots to fill for Pakistan.
— Rob (@FactionToo) July 26, 2019
Mohammad Amir has announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect, but reaffirmed his commitment to playing white-ball cricket for Pakistan.
"Hamain Pta hai County Khelny se Zaida Paisay Milty hain"#MohammadAmir pic.twitter.com/bcPELGERRm
— A meer (@Ameerkh841) July 26, 2019
While Mohammad Amir retires from tests at 27, the so called T20 mercenary wants to make a test comeback at 39.
— Kausthub (@kaustats) July 26, 2019
Mohammad Amir got me feeling like 😭😭😭😭
— gulab jamun🌹 (@therealasliatta) July 26, 2019
27 year olds retiring in the neighboring country but the 38 year old in our country isn't https://t.co/uwP28gJU2l
— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) July 26, 2019
An early Test retirement was always on the cards but I find it surprising that Amir has done it with Pakistan set to play 5 Tests in Australia and England in the next one year. Since 2018, he has 24 wickets at an average of 21.00. Bowled vital spells in England and South Africa.
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) July 26, 2019
So, Mohammad Amir decided to go off the Test radar. In the meantime, he boats about Pakistan's bowling arsenal in his latest statement. At 27, you're running away from the cream of the cricket format. Too bad, mate.
— Tahir Ibn Manzoor (@TahirIbnManzoor) July 26, 2019
Mohammad Amir retires from Test cricket at the age of only 27 and having only played 36 Test matches spread across 10 years #Cricket
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 26, 2019
Lasith Malinga retired from Test cricket at age of 27 to focus on limited-overs cricket, in 2011.
Mohammad Amir retires from Test cricket at age of 27 to focus on limited-overs cricket, in 2019.
Malinga retires as an ODI great. Will Amir too?
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) July 26, 2019
Pic 1: When Rohit Sharma came to know that Mohammad Amir has retired
Pic2: When someone told him that he has retired from test cricket only 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/Fxa3qyB3Eq
— hamzakaleem (@hamzakaleem5) July 26, 2019
I don’t blame Mohammad Amir for retiring from test matches. He’s been treated badly by clueless selectors who constantly left him out of test squads.
— Imran khan (@KhanUR1983) July 26, 2019