Amir to cut down number of Tests to prolong his international playing career

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Pakistan’s ace pacer, Mohammad Amir is likely to cut down the number of Tests to prolong his international playing career as he believes his workload needs to be managed.

As per reports, Mohammad Amir has already discussed it with the head coach of Pakistan cricket team, Mickey Arthur and his workload is expected to be managed from now onwards.

Mohammad Amir has bowled the most number of overs for Pakistan (864.3) across all formats since he returned in international cricket in 2016 after serving a five-year ban for being involved in spot-fixing.

“[Present] cricket is different since 2010 and if you look back I have lost five precious years of my career. Just imagine had I played in all those years, the count could have been 70-80 Tests,” Amir told ESPNCricinfo on Monday.

However, he made it clear that he does not want to quit Test cricket, but he just wants his workload to be managed.

“I came to [an] agreement with Mickey and with so much cricket we need to follow a rotation policy so that everyone is fresh and fully fit for the country,” said Mohammad Amir.

He quoted examples of other teams who give their players rest to keep them fit.

“His planning ahead of the 2019 World Cup is working very well. I didn’t say I don’t want to play Test cricket but that I want to weave myself in, resting for a few and playing the important games. This is being done by Australia and England, so why not us?” he went on to say.

Mohammad Amir further stated that he has played 30 Tests already and he can miss a few long-format games in the next few years that can restrict his career in red ball cricket to 50 games.

He expressed that he needs to be careful as he is growing old every day and his body cannot sustain so much stress, so he has to keep the fitness aspect in view.

“With so much cricket going on I have to be very careful with my body. I have lost enough in my life and this is my profession, I need to be very careful going forward. Fitness is everything and for a fast bowler, it’s really tough for me to play everything. A good impactful performance comes with a fitter body and with a fresh state of mind,” he concluded.