On Thursday, fast bowler Mohammad Amir declared a break from international cricket, alleging he was being “mentally tortured” by the Pakistan Cricket Board administration (PCB).
He said that a “wake up call” for him was the present climate at the PCB and the way he was sidelined from the 35-member squad for the New Zealand tour.
If I haven’t been on the 35 boys plan, so it’s a wake-up call for me to see my future plan [and how I’m going to take my cricket with me.
“The kind of environment that has been created, I don’t think I can play cricket under this management […] I am leaving cricket at this time,” he said.
Amir said that he was being “tortured mentally” adding that he no longer felt he could handle it.
“I have seen a lot of torture between 2010 and 2015 when I was away from cricket, whatever happened and the punishment that I served,” he said.
The cricketer was referring to the notorious controversy in 2010 when as part of a betting scam in the Lord’s Test against England, he was embroiled in charges of spot-fixing for bowling two intentional no-balls in exchange for payment. Afterwards, along with teammates Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt, he was interrogated by Scotland Yard and pleaded guilty. In November 2011, he was arrested and was barred from playing for five years.
I am continuously tortured that [in me the PCB spent a lot… I would give credit to two people who invested in me. First after serving five years of punishment, I returned after serving five years of punishment, I did not return in a year.
[Former chairman of the PCB, Najam] Sethi and Shahid Afridi. These two people were supporting me at the time. “The rest of the team [said that they would not play with Mohammad Amir,” he added. “In that difficult time, I will always thank these two people for supporting me,” he said.
“taunts on everything”taunts on everything”I do not want to play for the national team”I don’t want to play for the national team.
Why wouldn’t anyone want to play for their country? “He asked.
Following Amir’s decision, the PCB issued a statement saying the chief executive of the board, Wasim Khan, spoke with the player this afternoon “following reports that the fast bowler had announced his retirement from international cricket”
That said, Amir reported to the chief executive of the PCB that he has no ambition or plan to play international cricket and as such should not be considered for future international matches.
This is Mohammad Amir’s personal decision, which is respected by the PCB, and as such, the statement read, he will not make any further comments on this matter at this point.
Criticism over Test retirement
In December of last year the left-arm fast bowler declared his retirement from Test cricket so he could focus on playing white ball cricket.
“for some time”for some time”has not been an easy decision to make”it was not an easy decision to make. However, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistan’s fast bowling greats, shared their surprise at Amir’s decision with Shoaib Akhtar saying it set a poor example for younger quick bowlers.
The retirement of Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz and Junaid Khan should be preceded by Amir leaving Test matches. I don’t understand what’s going on with the team in Pakistan. How could Amir retire at the age of 27?”Amir quitting Test matches could be followed by the retirement of Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz and Junaid Khan. I don’t understand what is happening with the Pakistan team. How could Amir retire at the age of 27?”Shoaib asked.