KARACHI: Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Amir on Friday announced his retirement from Test format of international cricket.
Amir said it was an honour to represent the country in the antique format of the game. However, he said, he had decided to focus on shorter formats of it now.
He debuted in Test at the age of 17 against Sri Lanka in 2009. He has bagged 119 wickets and scored 751 runs in 67 innings. His career-best figure was 6 for 44 against West Indies in Kingston in April 2017.
In a statement, the key bowler of Green Shirts said his prime objective and wish was playing for Pakistan. He said he would improve his fitness and prepare well for the next year’s ICC T20 World Cup.
In a statement published on PCB website, Amir said: “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 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 thanked the board for providing him the opportunity to don the golden star on his chest. He also thanked his coaches for grooming him at various stages of his career.
PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan has described Amir as 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,” Wasim Khan said.
Amir’s splendid performance sailed Pakistan through several matches against strong opponents.
As they say, “rough waters make a good sailor,” the 27-year-old demonstrated it with his lustrous performance in the World Cup 2019 after he had to undergo the punishment as an outcast for a period of five years for an abominable act of spot-fixing in 2010.
Amir was a crucial figure in Pakistan’s Champions Trophy titular triumph. Virat Kohli once duly confessed in an interview that he dreaded Amir the most among all the bowlers.