Mohammad Amir retires from Test cricket

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Pakistan left-arm paceman Mohammad Amir on Friday announced to retire from Test cricket in order to focus on limited-over cricket.

“It has been an honour to represent Pakistan in the pinnacle and traditional format of the game,” Amir was quoted as saying on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) website.

“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 added.

“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.”

On the other hand, PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan described Amir as “one of the most exciting and talented left-arm fast bowlers in Test cricket in recent times”.

“We respect his decision and look forward to him continuing to play an integral role in white ball cricket for Pakistan, MD Wasim said.”