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Mickey Arthur is not surprised by Amir’s retirement from test cricket

LONDON: Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur was not in the least surprised after the news of Mohammad Amir’s decision to retire from Test cricket at the age of 27

Arthur disclosed that the left-arm pacer had been speaking to him about retirement for “some time” and that he “reluctantly accepted” Amir’s decision.

“It was on the cards for a long while. Amir had been speaking to me about it with me for some time now. His Test career was taking a strain on his body. It’s not about management here. It’s about his desire to play Test cricket and the effects it has on his body,” Arthur was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “I think Amir’s an unbelievable bowler and reluctantly I accepted his decision because that’s what he wanted to do and that’s what he thought was best for himself. What it does do is give us a white-ball bowler that I think we can get a longer period from,” he added.

Amir had missed five years of international cricket after being banned for for his involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal.

Arthur said “Amir had five years out of the game, we mustn’t forget that. In those five years, he didn’t do anything. His body was not up to the rigors of day in, day out Test cricket. We pushed him as much as we could during England and South Africa series because he is such a good bowler whom we wanted during those tours. We’ve tried everything we possibly could with Amir,”

“He could have managed those five years better. He’d be the first one to acknowledge that. But I understand where he was in his whole life, so it was a tough period for him. I understand all that. I’ve got a very soft spot for Amir. As a person and as a cricketer, I admire him greatly. Yes, I am disappointed he won’t be playing Test cricket for us. But it was made in the best interests of his white-ball cricket in mind,” he added.

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