Muhammad Amir may curb Test Matches to extend career

KARACHI: Mohammad Amir is considering shortening his Test career in a bid to extend his remaining international career.

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According to reports, Aamir has come to an agreement in principle with Pakistan’s head coach, Mickey Arthur, which will see Amir’s workload being managed in the future, and it is likely that it will reduce the number of Tests he appears in.

Amir, 25, has played 30 Tests since his debut nearly nine years ago, but he didn’t play any cricket for five of those years when he was serving a ban for his part in the Lord’s spot-fix in 2010.

He was 18 at the time, had played 14 Tests and become the youngest bowler to take 50 Test wickets.

Since his international return at the start of 2016, he has added 16 Tests and though his record may not stand out – 44 wickets at 37.25 – he has been a regular for Pakistan in all three formats.

25-year-old pacer said that cricket is different since 2010 and he has wasted five precious years of his career.

“Just imagine had I played in all those years, the count could have been 70-80 Tests, Amir told ESPNcricinfo.

“My passion is still there and I want to be there for fans, serving the country for a long time. I have played 30 Tests so far. I think in the next few years I might miss a few and possibly I might end up with 50 Tests,” he added.

Amir is a part of the 15 member squad that will be playing West Indies in the upcoming three T20 series in Karachi next month.

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