Amir announces retirement from Test cricket

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has announced his retirement from the longer format of the game with immediate effect.

Amir celebrates
Fast bowler Mohammad Amir drops a bombshell as he announces his retirement from Test cricket. Amir wants to concentrate strongly on the limited-overs format now only.

“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,” he said in a statement.

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The full statement of Amir:

“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. 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.

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. 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 back in 2009 when he was only 17 years old. He has played 36 games and picked up 119 wickets. After suffering a five-year ban due to spot-fixing, Amir came back to play in the longer format of the game once again, but he was never the same again and he slowly drifted away from the playing XI.

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