Pakistani star cricketer Muhammad Amir who recently garnered praise for his performance in the World Cup 2019, has decided to bid farewell to Test Cricket format. In a YouTube video, the fast pacer announced his retirement decision and also shed some light on the reasons behind.
“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,” said the 27-year old bowler.
He further added that in his quest to perform better on white ball cricket and due to long gap from test format – on the back of his ban – he has chosen to opt out of the red ball game. He informed that he has been thinking about the decision for quite some time now.
“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,” stated Amir.
The star cricketer also reiterated his plans of performing well in the upcoming tournaments of ODI and T20 game.
“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,” added Amir as he thanked PCB and his coaches for supporting him throughout his decade long career.
“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 grateful to my coaches who have groomed me at various stages of my career,” concluded the fast pacer.