Amir: I have not retired from Test cricket

“I’m fit, strong and healthy and have no intentions of quitting any format”

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Pakistan left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir has rubbished reports that he has announced his retirement from Test cricket.

It had been reported that Amir decided to quit the longest format in order to focus on limited overs cricket.

However, the 25-year-old insisted that he has no intention of retiring from any format.

“I have no idea what the thinking was behind this ridiculous story,” he said in an interview with Saj Sadiq for Sky Sports. “I’m fit, strong and healthy and have no intentions of quitting any format.

“What I had said was that as a cricketer you have to take care of your body and look after your fitness levels and someone altered that statement and quoted me as saying that I wanted to quit playing Test cricket. It’s totally untrue and as long as I am fit I want to play in all formats.”

Meanwhile, Amir also revealed that he is working hard with batting coach Grant Flower to transform himself into a genuine all-rounder.

“I’ve been putting in a lot of time and effort regarding my batting with Grant Flower,” he said. “He has always maintained that I can become a genuine all-rounder and I believe that also.

“I think that the signs are there that my batting is improving, for example in the final Test against West Indies where Yasir Shah and I shared a good partnership and of course the important partnership with Sarfraz Ahmed against Sri Lanka.

“I know I have to show more dedication to my batting and show more consistency with the bat. The effort and hard work is there and I’m confident that the results of this hard work will bear fruit in the future.”

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