Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Amir retires from Test cricket
Pakistan’s fast bowler Mohammad Amir announced his retirement from Test cricket on Friday, citing his wish to concentrate on the white-ball cricket. A statement from Mohammad Amir that share Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in which he sateted his desire to play limited over cricket for Pakistan.
“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 statement.
“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.
Left arm pacer made his debut at the age of just 17. He has played 36 Tests for Pakistan at the highest level and taken 119 wickets at 30.47. Amir was involved in a spot-fixing scandal in the 3rd match against England at Lord’s and was handed a five-year ban from ICC.
“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 added.
“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.
Fast bowler thanked PCB as 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.”
PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan said: “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.”