Pakistani speedster Mohammad Amir‘s retirement from Test cricket on Friday came as a surprise to most of the cricketing fraternity. Amir, who was the highest wicket-taker for the Men in Green in the recently concluded ICC World Cup 2019. The left-arm bowler had made his Test debut in 2009 called it an honour to play for Pakistan in the whites.
In a video announcing his retirement, Amir thanked Allah, he realized his dream of playing Test cricket for Pakistan, helped him gain respect and create some world records. He called it his ill-fate and some undisclosed reasons that he was deciding to quit the five-day format. One of those reasons was him not getting enough rest in between formats.
Amir thanks Imran Khan in his video
Amir had reserved special mentions for Pakistan PM Imran Khan and Pakistan Cricket Board in a video on Twitter in which he announced retirement. Along with Imran, he also thanked Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Mohammad Yousuf, and Shahid Afridi. He went on to thank his fans for their love and support and asked them to continue doing so.
“Thank you, PCB, our PM @ImranKhanPTI @wasimakramlive bhi @SAfridiOfficial bhi @waqyounis99 & @yousaf1788. Thank you and my fans for always supporting me and I hope you all will support my this decision also see video link,” Amir tweeted.
Thank you PCB, our PM @ImranKhanPTI @wasimakramlive bhi @SAfridiOfficial bhi @waqyounis99 & @yousaf1788. Thank you and my fans for always supporting me and I hope you all will support my this decision also.see video link https://t.co/BbAYzPbncl
— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) July 26, 2019
Amir is still considered to be one of the most talented bowlers in recent times and held some real potential when he appeared at the scene first. However, he got involved in the ball fixing scandal in England in 2010 and lost five of his best years of cricket being banned for the same and also served a short prison sentence.
He came back with vigour and helped Pakistan win the Champions Trophy in 2017. Amir played 36 Tests and picked 119 wickets with the best bowling figure of 6/44 and picked four five-wicket hauls. He also made 751 runs with the best score of 48. His debut was against Sri Lanka in Galle in 2009 and played his last red-ball match against South Africa in Jo’Burg in 2019.
He mentioned that the reason for his retirement was that he began sustaining injuries and this affected his performance. He added that a fast bowler’s career is not that long, so keeping in mind his fitness he decided to end his Test cricket career.
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