Mohammad Amir today announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect, in an effort to focus on prolonging his white-ball career.
The left-arm paceman, who has often spearheaded his side's bowling attack, expressed his desire to take a permanent break from the traditional format.
“It has been an honor 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," Amir said in a statement.
“Playing for Pakistan remains my ultimate desire and objective, and I will try my best to be in the best physical shape to contribute to the team’s upcoming challenges, including next year’s ICC T20 World Cup."
Amir picked up 119 wickets across 36 Test matches in a career that began in 2009 in Sri Lanka.
The then 17-year-old Amir made a strong impression in the world of cricket as he delivered consistent performances in varying conditions.
Producing prodigious seam movement with the ball, he became the youngest bowler to complete 50 wickets in Test cricket when he achieved the feat in 14 games.
However, his career soon took a sudden downward trajectory in 2010 when he was embroiled in the spot-fixing scandal alongside Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt.
Subsequently, he served a five-year suspension from cricket including a three-month prison sentence.
Amir finally made a comeback to international cricket in 2016, playing his first Test in six years coincidentally at the iconic Lord's Cricket Ground, the venue where he was found guilty of spot-fixing for bowling deliberate no-balls.
The 27-year-old further added 22 games to his Test career to finish with 36 appearances in the longest format.
During this time, Amir registered his career-best figures of 6-44 against the West Indies in 2017 and was also part of the Pakistan team that climbed to the summit of the ICC Test Rankings.
Delineating his decision to retire from Test cricket, Amir uploaded a detailed video clip on his YouTube channel.
He claimed the thought of bidding farewell to Tests had been lingering on his mind for a while but he took this decision ahead of the World Test Championship to give the selectors enough time to find a suitable successor.
“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 vigor 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.”
Amir played his last Test match against South Africa earlier this year, with his dismissal of Vernon Philander figuring as the final wicket of his career.
He was his country's leading wicket-taker in the recently concluded World Cup, notching up 17 wickets at an average of 21.05.
“Amir has been 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," PCB Managing Directors Wasim Khan said.
“However, we respect his decision and look forward to him continuing to play an integral role in white-ball cricket for Pakistan.”