Why has Yasir Arafat praised Pakistan seamer Mohammad Amir for retiring from Test cricket?

Yasir Arafat praises Mohammad Amir's decision to retire from Test cricket Pakistan

Yasir Arafat: “He neither has the energy nor the commitment to play the longer format and I feel that he has taken the right decision from his point of view”

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Former Pakistan all-rounder Yasir Arafat believes that left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir made the right decision to retire from Test cricket.

Amir shocked the cricketing world when he announced that he would be bringing his Test career to an end late last month in order to focus on limited overs cricket.

Arafat noted that if Amir felt that he didn’t have the “energy” or “commitment” to play Test cricket, then it was best for him to retire from the format in order to keep his body fit and “earn good money” playing in domestic Twenty20 competitions or county cricket.

“The time and attention invested by the PCB in Mohammad Amir after his return to international cricket was seemingly done in anticipation of great things that he would do for Pakistan cricket in each format,” Arafat wrote in his blog for PakPassion. “Unfortunately, that did not materialize. As a former international cricketer and a bowler, it’s my view that given Mohammad Amir’s age, his ability to play the longer format of the game is on the decline.

“He neither has the energy nor the commitment to play the longer format and I feel that he has taken the right decision from his point of view. In this way he can protect his body from further deterioration and also earn good money playing in Twenty20 Leagues or in county cricket.”

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