Mohammad Amir announces retirement from Test cricket

Mohammad Amir announces retirement from Test cricket

Pakistan’s ace fast bowler Mohammad Amir has decided to quit Test cricket, Pakistan Cricket Board announce via a press release on Friday.

However, Amir, who has represented Pakistan in 36 Test matches, will continue to play for Pakistan in coloured kit.

“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,” said Amir.

The 27-year old pacer made his international debut for Pakistan during the World T20, his impressive performance helped him earn a Test call against Sri Lanka in the same year.

Mohammad Amir wants to concentrate on limited-over cricket and this is the reason why he has opted to hang his boots in the longest format of the game.

“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,” he said.

According to the fast bowler, it was not an easy decision to take, however, he kept the long term goal in view and with Test Championship just around the corner, he decided to make way for better young fast bowlers.

“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,” he said.

He thanked his teammates and the PCB management for keeping faith in him and providing him with opportunities to ‘don the golden star on his chest’.

“I want to thank all my team-mates as well the opponents in red ball cricket. It has been a privilege to play with and against them. I am sure our paths will continue to cross in limited-overs cricket as all of us play and compete with the same vigour and determination,” he said. “I also want to thank the PCB for providing me the opportunity to don the golden star on my chest. And, I am grateful to my coaches who have groomed me at various stages of my career.”

Amir made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in Galle in July 2009, he featured in 36 Tests, taking 119 wickets at an average of 30.47. His best bowling returns – six for 44 – were against the West Indies in Kingston in April 2017. He is also among only six Pakistani bowlers to get his name on the Lord’s honour’s board for taking a five-for in a Test inning.