The star pacer of Pakistan, Mohammed Ami will not continue his journey in Test cricket format as he recently announced the shocking retirement with immediate effect. However, the talented left-arm fast bowler will resume his limited-overs career with the same sporting spirit.
While speaking about his retirement from Test cricket format the 27-year-old experienced pacer 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”. Further, he also thanked all his Pakistani teammates and each and every opponent against whom he played in a red-ball cricket tournament. Though it was not an easy decision to make for Amir but at the end, he decided that this is the right time for him to leave Test cricket tournaments.
The pacing spearhead Amir stepped into Test cricket format in 2009 against Sri Lanka. He held the record of taking total 119 wickets at an average of 30.47 in 36 Test matches. This made his name in the cricket fraternity for outstanding bowling style. The death-over specialist has not played a Test match against the traditional rivals India as bilateral cricket between both the teams was suspended.
The brilliant southpaw was last seen in the showpiece event of ICC World Cup 2019 where he joined the playing XI squad of Pakistan. Though the greeny army won’t make it to semifinals and crashed out from the tournament after playing last group-stage match against Bangladesh where the Sarfaraz Ahmed-led team won the game by total 94 runs. Amir played a vital role in Pakistan’s ICC Champion’s Trophy win in 2017 as he claimed top three crucial wickets against arch-rivals India in the grand finale of the tournament. In that important fixture, Amir missed out the semifinal battle as he suffered painful back injury during the game. After that unforgettable inning of Amir’s bowling career, Indian Cricket Team captain Virat Kohli also admire his prowess and claimed that he is one of the ‘toughest’ bowlers to face in the world cricket.