Pakistan seamer Mohammad Amir has decided to quit from the longest format of the game to solely focus on the other forms of the game. Amir had represented the nation in a total of 36 tests after having made his debut in 2009 as a 17-year-old.
The 1992 World Cup winners’ prodigal left-arm seamer hit a huge hurdle in his path to definitive success after being caught in a spot-fixing scandal which also involved Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt.
Amir made his comeback in 2016 and was an instrumental figure in Pakistan’s World Cup campaign in 2019. The pacer, who picked 119 wickets, is currently signed with Essex to play the county season.
In a PCB release, Amir made it clear that he wishes to pursue other formats of the game. He added that it was an honour to represent his nation in the truest format of the sport. He said:
“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.”
“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 (in Australia).
“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.”