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Amir’s Test retirement was on the cards: Pak coach

Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur is not surprised by pacer Mohammed Amir’s decision to retire from Test cricket, saying it was on the cards for a long while.

“It was on the cards for a long while,” Arthur told ESPNcricinfo.

“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.

“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.

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