Pacer Mohammad Amir announces retirement from international cricket

Pacer Mohammad Amir has decided to retire from international cricket with immediate effect. The 28-year old has given formal decision to Pakistan Cricket Board.

Pakistan Cricket Board CEO, Wasim Khan said that Amir has made it clear that he has no desire to play international cricket.

Mohammad Amir recently produced impressive numbers for Galle Gladiators and helped them win inaugural Lanka Premier League. In a career spanning almost 11 years, Amir played 61 ODIs, 36 Tests and 50 T20Is.

In 36 Test matches, Mohammad Amir accumulated 119 wickets at an average of 30.47 with four five-wicket hauls to his name. His career best bowling performance in Test cricket came against West Indies at Kingston in 2017. Left-arm quick claimed six wickets and conceded 44 runs in his 26 overs.

In his limited-overs career, Amir claimed 81 wickets in 61 one-day matches at an average of 29.62 with a strike rate of 37.1. In the T20 format, Amir has claimed 59 wickets in 50 matches at an average of 21.4 with an economy rate of 7.02.

In the T20 format, Mohammad Amir last appearance for Pakistan came against England in August this year.

After his impressive performances for National Bank of Pakistan as 17-year old, he was picked for 2009 T20 World Cup. He certainly played an instrumental role in helping Pakistan win their maiden T20 World Cup.

His career reached lowest ebb in 2010 in England, when he was found guilty of spot-fixing and was banned for five years. He made a comeback to national side in 2016 and played a huge role in Pakistan winning their maiden Champions Trophy in 2017. In 2019 World Cup, Amir finished the competition as the leading wicket-taker for Pakistan despite the side’s failure to qualify for the knockout stages.

Last year, Mohammad Amir decided to retire from Test cricket in order to prolong his white-ball career for Pakistan. Many former players criticized his decision for Amir’s quitting red-ball cricket.

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