Pakistan’s pacer Mohammad Amir retires, says the current Pakistan team management has sidelined and pushed him away from playing cricket.
- He is being pushed away from cricket, says Amir
- Pacer says he cannot continue to play cricket due to the environment created by the incumbent management of Pakistan cricket team.
- The fast bowler had earlier limited himself from Test cricket, citing workload pressure and had made himself available for the limited-overs format.
- PCB respects the decision, says CEO of PCB.
Mohammad Amir retires from the cricketing world
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir said he was leaving the world of cricket due to “torture” and an environment created by the Pakistan team management that is “pushing him away” from playing cricket and to represent green shirts.
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In a video shared and circulated on social media, Amir explained his reasoning for leaving cricket. “I am not going away from cricket but I am being pushed away from it,” the left-arm pacer said, adding that an “environment” has been created for him to get “sidelined”.
“The environment that has been created, I feel that I cannot play cricket under this management,” said Amir.
The 28-year-old said he got a wake-up call once he was not named in the 35-man squad for the Pakistan tour to New Zealand.
“I feel that I am leaving cricket at this time because I am being mentally tortured,” said the pacer. He added that “he cannot survive this much torture” because he has already seen it from 2010 to 2015 when he was placed under a ban over a spot-fixing scandal.
Afridi and Najam Sethi supported him
Amir said he was being tortured by being told that the “PCB invested a lot” in him.
He dismissed the statement and said there were only two people from the PCB that invested in him — Shahid Afridi and former PCB chairperson Najam Sethi.
The 28-year-old said both men supported him because when he was returning his teammates used to say that they will not play with him.
“I will always be thankful to these two people as they supported me in my tough time,” said Amir.
The pacer also spoke about his decision to retire from Test cricket, saying it was his “personal decision” that was being portrayed “incorrectly”.
“I took a personal decision and it was presented incorrectly before people by implying I do not want to play for the country,” said the pacer.
However, Amir reminded everyone that his comeback was “due to those leagues”, he had participated after his ban ended.
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“I had the best time then. If I was dying [to play] for leagues, I could have said that I am no longer playing for Pakistan and playing here and let me enjoy here,” said Amir.
The fast bowler said he wanted to invest as much as he could in white-ball cricket for Pakistan but “after every one month or two” something controversial would be said about his decision.
PCB respects Amir’s decision: Wasim Khan
Hours after the announcement of Muhammad Amir retires from cricket, Pakistan Cricket Board said in a statement that its CEO Wasim Khan spoke with Amir following news of his discontinuation from cricket.
“The 29-year-old confirmed to the PCB chief executive that he has no desires or intentions of playing international cricket and as such, he should not be considered for future international matches,” said the statement.
The statement further said that the decision to retire was a personal one for Amir, adding that it “respects” his decision. It also added that it “will not make any further comment on this matter at this stage.”
Pakistan fast bowler had played 147 international matches in which he took 259.
Amir ends international career with 259 wickets
Following the chain Muhammad Amir retires from cricket, the left-arm pacer last represented Pakistan in the T20Is in England in August this year. He ends his international career with 259 wickets – 119 in Tests, 81 in ODIs and 59 in T20Is for the country.