Mohammad Amir is one of the prolific pacers for Pakistan, having claimed more than 200 international wickets since his debut in 2009. He made a successful comeback to international cricket, following his ban, owing to his alleged involvement in a spot-fixing scandal.
Prominent Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir has seemingly announced his retirement from international cricket. It comes as a shock, as the 28-year-old has taken this tough decision as a means to protest against Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) poor team management.
In a video posted on social media, speaking on the issue, Amir says, "To be honest, I don't think I can play cricket under this management. I am leaving cricket, for now. I am being mentally tortured. I cannot handle it. I have seen it enough from 2010-2015. I have to repeatedly hear that PCB invested a lot in me. I am thankful to Shahid Afridi. as he gave me chances when I came back after the ban."
"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," added Amir.
Watch his full video on the same here:
It is unclear as to if Amir has announced his retirement from the international platform, or his taking a short break until the PCB management issue is resolved. Nonetheless, Pakistan media house Samaa.tv has confirmed that the 28-year-old has indeed announced his retirement, while Amir is expected to come up with a full statement for the same, soon.
Amir has so far played around 150 international matches across formats, besides claiming more than 200 wickets. He made his debut in 2009 but was discarded from the sport next year, owing to his alleged involvement in a spot-fixing scandal in England.
He made his comeback to the circuit in 2016 and has since been an integral part of the side's success, having won the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy in England. He had already announced his retirement from Tests in 2019 to focus on limited-overs, while he was dropped from the T20Is in November this year.
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Last Updated Dec 17, 2020, 5:50 PM IST