Mohammad Amir Announces Retirement from Test Cricket at 27
In utter disbelief, Pakistan paceman Mohammad Amir has announced retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect on Friday (July 26).
The 27-year-old bowler maintained that it had been an honour to represent Pakistan in the multi-day format.
The star bowler had however reaffirmed that he will entirely focus on the white-ball cricket.
“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.
Recently, in the ICC World Cup 2019, Amir had been a leading wicket-taker for Pakistan with 17 wickets in eight matches.
In 2009, the left-arm fast bowler made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in Galle. In 36 Tests, Amir had bagged 119 wickets which included four five-wicket hauls to his name. His best figures of six for 44 came against Windies in April 2017 at Kingston in Jamaica.
Amir hangs his boots from the Test Cricket:
He had expressed gratitude towards his teammates and the opposition players of the Test set-up. Amir had further thanked PCB, coaches for their ample support during his Test career.
“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,” Ami said.
In his statement, Amir stated that he would be aiming to produce whatever he is capable of in the best interest of the country.
Also, he is keen to take challenges head-on before preparing for the much-awaited 2020 T20 World Cup, which will commence from November in Australia.
“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.
It hasn’t been an easy decision: Amir on his Test retirement
With ICC World Test Champions marking the beginning on August 1st when England will face Australia in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston, Amir latest decision took many by surprise.
Amir revealed that it has not been an easy decision for him. He added he had been thinking about for a long time now. The prominent bowler further stated that he had put curtains on his Test career to see selectors adjusting exciting pacers well in the time frame ahead of their World Test championship campaign.
“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 further added.
In conclusion, Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Managing Director Wasim Khan reiterated that the entire board respects his decision while adding his services will be missed in the traditional format.
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