Mohammad Amir announces retirement from international cricket at 28

Mohammad Amir announces retirement from international cricket at 28
Mohammad Amir announces retirement from international cricket at 28

Alleging mental torture from Pakistan Cricket Board, fast bowler Mohammad Amir has announced he will not be playing international cricket anymore.

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has decided to quit international cricket alleging ‘mental torture’ from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Amir said being left out of the Pakistan squad for their ongoing tour of New Zealand was a ‘wake-up’ call for him and he has decided not to continue at the international level.

Mohammad Amir, after being left out of the Pakistan squad, went to Sri Lanka to feature in the inaugural edition of Lanka Premier League. The left-arm pacer came up with match-winning performances, picking up 11 wickets for Galle Gladiators who finished runners-up.

“No, I am not going away from cricket. If you have seen the way the atmosphere over here and the way I have been sidelined. I got a wake-up call there when I was not selected in 35 boys. If I don’t get selected in 35-member squad, then it means to wake up call for me,” Amir said in a video shared by Pakistan journalist Shoaib Jatt on social media.

“I don’t think I can play cricket under this management. I think I should leave cricket this time. I am being tortured mentally.

“I don’t think I can tolerate any more torture now. I have seen a lot of torture from 2010 to 2015. I was away from the game and sentenced for my mistake.

“Everyone wants to play for their country, they just keep saying that I left Test cricket for other leagues around the world, I made the comeback through BPL, if I was dying for leagues then I could have said I don’t want to play for Pakistan. Every month there is someone who is saying Amir ditched us, in two days I will reach Pakistan and then I will release a statement,” he said further.

Amir played 30 Tests, 61 ODIs, and 50 T20Is in his international career, picking up 119, 81, and 59 wickets in the three formats respectively. His last appearance for Pakistan came in the T20I series against England in August earlier this year.