Saturday, January 16, 2021

Mohammad Amir Announces Retirement With Immediate Effect From Test Cricket

Mohammad Amir – The Pakistan speedster today announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect. Mohammad Amir was one the highest wicket-takers in the 2019 World Cup and a star performer for Pakistan team.

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Mohammad Amir featured in 36 Test matches over the course of his career, after making his debut against Sri Lanka in 2009. Amir took 119 wickets at an average of 30.47. during his Test career. His best bowling returns, six for 44, were against the West Indies at Kingston in April 2017.

“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.

“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 also spoke about the reason behind his decision to step away from the longest format of the game.

“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.

Amir also thanked teammates and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for their support throughout his 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,” he said. “I also want to thank the PCB for providing me with 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.”

PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan said: “Amir has been one of the most exciting and talented left-arm fast bowlers in Test cricket in recent times. He overcame adversity as a young cricketer and came back stronger not only as a cricketer but also as a better human being. His skill, on the field, and his personality will be missed in the dressing room in the longer format. However, we respect his decision and look forward to him continuing to play an integral role in white-ball cricket for Pakistan.

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