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Amir quits Test cricket to focus on limited-overs formats

Amir quits Test cricket to focus on limited-overs formats

Pakistan’s premier left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir has announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect, in a bid to prolong his career in the white-ball formats. Fresh from a World Cup campaign that saw Amir finish the tournament as his country’s highest wicket-taker, his abrupt decision to retire from Tests has sent shockwaves in the world of cricket.

Delineating his decision to quit Tests, Amir said: “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.”

He cast an optimistic light on Pakistan’s future in Test cricket in terms of pace bowling and wished the selectors best of luck in finalizing a solid unit ahead of the start of the World Test Championship.

“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,” he declared.

The 27-year-old ends his Test career with 119 wickets across 36 games including 4 five-wicket hauls. He played his last Test match against South Africa at Centurion earlier this year.