Pakistan pacer Usman Shinwari has decided to retire from Test cricket to focus on white-ball cricket. The left-arm pacer announced this decision on Tuesday (November 16). The 27-year-old only featured in one Test match against Sri Lanka in 2019. Shinwari revealed he was advised by the doctors to give up Test cricket. Notably, Shinwari has struggled with long lasting back issues.
"Alhamdullilah, I have made my comeback again from a back injury, and now I am absolutely fit," Shinwari said.
"But due to my doctors and physio advice, I have to leave the long format to avoid such injuries in future and prolong my cricket career. I am resigning from red-ball," he added.
Shinwari made his intentional debut in T20Is for Pakistan way back in 2013. Due to some injuries and playing combinations, the left-arm pacer was not a regular in the playing 11 in the white-ball formats. After a wait of four years, Shinwari was handed his debut in ODI format in 2017. He impressed everyone with raw pace and outswing. In just his second ODI, the 27-year-old took a five-wicket haul against Sri Lanka and made his presence felt. He continued his good form in the T20Is and was set for a long haul with the team.
An untimely back injury coupled with the emergence of Shaheen Shah Afridi halted his ready rise with the Pakistan national team. Now, Shinwari is looking to grab his second opportunity and will be hoping to put on a good show. Overall, he has played 45 matches for Pakistan across the three formats.