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Amir may restrict Tests to extend the career

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Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir is likely to cut down on playing a number of Test matches in order to prolong his international career.

According to reports, the left-armer has discussed the matter with Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur and now his workload will be managed in the future.

Amir has been playing for Pakistan almost continuously — in all formats — ever since he has made his comeback and now it seems the non-stop involvement in all formats might have burdened him.

Since his return to international cricket, he has featured in 16 Tests claiming 44 wickets.

“[Present] cricket is different since 2010 and if you look back I have lost five precious years of my career. Just imagine had I played in all those years, the count could have been 70-80 Tests,” Amir told a cricket website on Monday.

While denying all the rumours that he was considering giving up his Test career, Amir cleared that he has come to an agreement with Arthur about managing his workload.

“I came to [an] agreement with Mickey and with so much cricket we need to follow a rotation policy so that everyone is fresh and fully fit for the country,” said Amir. “His planning ahead of the 2019 World Cup is working very well. I didn’t say I don’t want to play Test cricket but that I want to weave myself in, resting for a few and playing the important games. This is being done by Australia and England, so why not us?”

Published in Dawn, March 27th, 2018

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