Akhtar reacts to Amir’s shocking Test retirement

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Akhtar reacts to Amir’s shocking Test retirement

Pakistan left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir has retired from Test cricket at the age of 27.

Calls have been made on social media for Amir to revise his decision, according to many cricketing experts, Amir retiring from Test cricket at an early age of 27 is robbing himself of the opportunity to become a legendary cricketer.

According to the 53-year-old, Pakistan will need Amir in the upcoming two Tests in Australia (November-December) and then in the Test series in England (slated for next year).

"Amir should have carried on and helped Pakistan win Tests, a format in which the team is struggling", the pace legend said.

After making his Test debut aged 17 against Sri Lanka in 2009, he was one of three Pakistan players jailed for a plot to bowl deliberate no-balls in a Test against England in 2010.

On Friday, Amir's decision to retire was announced by PCB on Twitter and later Amir himself took to Twitter to clarify some things. There were messages on the social media platform from both ardent fans and even current and former cricketers who wished to celebrate Amir's brilliant efforts in Test cricket. However, he missed a large chunk of the last decade after being banned for five years for his part in the Lord's fixing scandal of 2011. He speculated that following Amir, he fears bowlers Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, and Hasan Ali will too wave good-bye to Test format.

"It has been an honour to represent Pakistan in the pinnacle and traditional format of the game but I have made a decision to move away from the longer version so I can concentrate on white-ball cricket", he said. It was time for Amir to pay back Pakistan.

Pakistan are scheduled to play a total of 13 matches against six countries top Test countries in the newly-installed ICC World Test Championship till January 2021. I don't understand what is happening with the Pakistan team. "I had helped Pakistan win series in England and New Zealand despite knee injuries", Akhtar expressed his disappointment on southpaw's retirement. Akhtar said the modern-day players only want to play T20 cricket.

The 27-year-old left-arm fast bowler retires from Test cricket with 119 wickets from 36 matches including four five-wicket-hauls. There are times when you should make money but this is the time when Pakistan needs you. "Playing in the ODIs also seems to be a huge task for them", the former Pakistan pacer added.

Amir thanked his teammates and opponents in red ball cricket, saying it was a "privilege to play against them".

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