LAHORE (92 News) – Pakistan’s left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir has announced his retirement from Test cricket, in a bid to concentrate on his white-ball future.
In a statement, Amir said, “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.”
“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 mainatined.
“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,” Amir 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,” the fast bowler mentioned.
The left-arm quick, 27, has however said he will continue playing white-ball cricket for Pakistan.
Amir, who made his Test debut as a 17-year-old in Sri Lanka in 2009, walks away from the format after having picked 119 wickets in the 36 games he's played. In 36 Tests, Amir has taken 119 wickets at an average of 30.47.
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Responding to the strong criticism after their defeat to rivals India in the World Cup’s clash, Mohammad Amir vowed to bounce back in the next games, adding that they need nations’ support to achieve the best ahead.