Pakistan left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir has announced his retirement from international cricket saying that he can’t play under this team management.
The 28-year-old was left out of Pakistan’s 35-member squad for New Zealand and he expressed his disappointment on social media about this. Very recently, he also took a dig at Waqar Younis, the bowling coach of Pakistan.
In an interview to a local journalist Shoaib Jutt, Muhammad Amir Said “Right now I am leaving cricket. I am being mentally tortured. I don’t think, I will be able to handle this kind of torture because I have been tortured a lot from 2010 to 2015.”
He further said he faced severe criticism from media and team management for leaving Test cricket.
“My personal decision to leave Test cricket was taken in a wrong way. My retirement was attached to my desire of playing T20 leagues. I was wishing to invest everything in white-ball cricket for Pakistan. But every now and then some one or the other person came out with a statement. Our bowling coach came out and said, I ditched them, somebody says work load wasn’t properly handled,” he further added.
Muhammad Amir retired from Test cricket in July 2019 due to workload concerns but was available for white-ball cricket for Pakistan.
The Pakistan pacer featured in 36 Test matches, bagging 119 scalps, over the course of his career, after making his debut against Sri Lanka in 2009. He has also played 61 ODIs and 50 T20Is in his limited-overs career, taking 81 and 59 wickets respectively.
“People talk about my age and retirement but what they don’t realise that I didn’t play cricket for five years. Even if you don’t start your car for a week, even that needs oil change to get it running properly once again,” said Amir.
“My workload management was becoming a major issue which forced me to take that decision. I was continuously facing fitness issues and our physiotherapist Cliffe Deacon can confirm that I was number one in the treatment list, during England tour in 2018. If I had played all formats, I would have retired from international cricket by now,” he added.