June 25, 2022
2019 Cricket World Cup Cricket News

Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir announces retirement from test cricket

Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir announces retirement from test cricketPakistani pacer Mohammad Amir announces retirement from test cricket

Impactful Pakistani pacer- Mohammad Amir has retired from test cricket to focus on white ball format. Amir made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in Galle in July 2009 at a mere age of 17. The Gujar Khan pacer was picked by Wasim Akram in a camp at the age of 15 after which he toured England with Pakistan’s U19 team. He emerged as the leading wicket taker of the tournament and announced his arrival on the world stage.

In 2008, he made his domestic debut for Rawalpindi Rams and picked the wickets of top order batsman which prompted the selectors to include him in 2009 World T20 squad.

Amir had featured in 36 test matches for the men in green and picked 119 wickets at an average of just over 30. His best bowling figures — six for 44 — were against the West Indies in 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. 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 said in a statement shared by Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB).

“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.

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