One of Pakistan’s most loved fast bowlers, Mohammad Amir has announced that he is retiring from Test cricket with immediate effect.

In a statement, Amir 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.”

Amir said that “playing for Pakistan remains his ultimate desire” and that he will try his best to be in the best physical shape to contribute in the team’s upcoming challenges, including next year’s ICC T20 World Cup.

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He added that the decision was not an easy one but he felt that his time was up.

Amir made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in Galle in July 2009. He featured in 36 Tests, taking 119 wickets at an average of 30.47. His best bowling returns — six for 44 — were against the West Indies in Kingston in April 2017.