Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Amir announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced in a press release on Friday.
Mohammad Amir would continue playing the limited over format though.
He made his last Test appearance against South Africa in Johannesburg earlier this year. He played 36 matches and collected 119 wickets at a bowling average of 30.47 before announcing retirement.
The statement read:
“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.”
“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.”
“I want to thank all my teammates 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.”
However, the 27-year-old’s retirement did no go down well former Pakistan speedsters Shoaib Akhtar and Wasim Akram.
Akhtar on his youtube channel said that Pakistan cricket invested in Amir after his comeback from spot-fixing ban and it was time for the pacer to pay back, “I am thoroughly disappointed that Amir has retired at the age where players are at the peak of their careers. It was time for Amir to pay back Pakistan. In a time where Pakistan’s run in Test matches is so poor, Amir was needed to deliver for his side and help them win some series.”
To me Mohammad Amir retiring from Test cricket is a bit surprising because you peak at 27-28 and Test cricket is where you are judged against the best, it’s the ultimate format. Pakistan will need him in two Tests in Australia and then three in England.
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) July 26, 2019
Source : Various