India Today Web Desk July 26, 2019UPDATED: July 26, 2019 16:35 IST Mohammad Amir during a tour game in England. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMohammad Amir has announced his retirement from Test cricketAmir, who made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in July 2009, said he wanted to focus on ‘white-ball cricket’Amir represented Pakistan in 36 Tests, taking 119 wickets at an average of 30.47Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir has announced his retirement from Test cricket. Amir, who made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in July 2009, said he wanted to focus on white-ball cricket’.Amir represented Pakistan in 36 Tests, taking 119 wickets at an average of 30.47. His best bowling figures were six for 44 against the Windies in April 2017. After breaking into the international scene as a 17-year-old, Amir was handed a five-year ban for his involvement in spot fixing scandal in 2011. Amir returned from his ban in 2016 and played 22 Tests, picking up 62 wickets.”It has been an honour to represent Pakistan in the pinnacle and traditional format of the game,” Amir said in a statement. “I, however, have decided to move away from the longer version so I can concentrate on white ball cricket.”Playing for Pakistan remains my ultimate desire and objective, and I will try my best to be in the best physical shape to contribute in the team’s upcoming challenges, including next year’s ICC T20 World Cup.”It has not been an easy decision to make and I have been thinking about this for some time. But with the ICC World Test Championship commencing shortly, and Pakistan boasting some very exciting young fast bowlers, it is appropriate that I call on my time in Test cricket so that the selectors can plan accordingly.”I want to thank all my team-mates as well the opponents in red ball cricket. It has been a privilege to play with and against them. I am sure our paths will continue to cross in limited-overs cricket as all of us play and compete with the same vigour and determination.advertisement”I also want to thank the PCB for providing me the opportunity to don the golden star on my chest. And, I am grateful to my coaches who have groomed me at various stages of my career.”Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Mohammad AmirFollow ‘Test CricketFollow retirement Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir retires from Tests to focus on white-ball cricketMohammad Amir, 27, said he decided to quit the longest format of the game in order to focus on limited-overs cricket. Amir played only 36 Tests over a 10-year period for Pakistan.advertisement
OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales rose 2.5% to $53.7 billion in July, exceeding the previous record of $53.2 billion set in July 2008.The agency says the July gain was mainly due to higher sales in the transportation equipment and primary metals industries.Economists had expected a gain of 1%, according to Thomson Reuters.“July was a hot month for Canadian manufactured goods exports, so the only surprise was that shipments were not just hot, but scorching. The 2.5% gain in dollar values was eclipsed by a 2.8% rise in real volumes, as prices eased a bit, leaving a big contribution in store for July GDP and some potential upward revisions to Q3 forecasts, where we were already looking for a more than 3% pace,” said Avery Shenfeld of CIBC World Markets Economics, Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales have been trending upwards since January. July sales were up 16 of 21 industries in, representing about 56% of the country’s manufacturing.Transportation equipment sales rose 10.3% to $10.1 billion in July, while primary metal sales rose 4.0% to $4.2 billion.In July, five industries reported lower sales, with food manufacturing reporting the largest decrease, down 1.4% to $7.9 billion.