Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has retired from international cricket, the PCB has confirmed. Amir represented Pakistan in 36 Tests, 61 ODIs and 50 T20Is, and recently played in the inaugural Lanka Premier League for runners-up Galle Gladiators.
“Pakistan Cricket Board CEO Wasim Khan talked with Mohammad Amir this early evening time following reports that the quick bowler had declared his retirement from global cricket. The 28-year-old affirmed to the PCB CEO that he has no longings or intensions of playing worldwide cricket and accordingly, he ought not be considered for future global matches,” a PCB proclamation said. “This is an individual choice of Mohammad Amir, which the PCB regards, and all things considered, won’t offer any further remark on this issue at this stage.”
The tense statement, which pointedly did not thank Amir for his services to international cricket, as most retirement tributes generally do, serves as just another reminder of the extent to which relations between Amir and the PCB have broken down. It came off the back of an interview he gave to Samaa TV earlier on Thursday, in which Amir claimed he had been “mentally tortured” by the PCB, taunted frequently and was being deliberately sidelined by this management.
“I am leaving cricket for now because I’m being mentally tortured. I don’t think I can bear such torture. I’ve borne lots of torture from 2010 to 2015, for which I served my time. I’ve been tortured by being told the PCB invested a lot in me. I’ll just say two people invested in me a lot: [former PCB chairman] Najam Sethi and [former Pakistan captain] Shahid Afridi.
They were the lone two. The remainder of the group was stating, ‘we would prefer not to play with Amir’. As of late, the climate that has been made methods I get insulted constantly by being advised I would prefer not to play for my nation. Who would not like to play for their nation? Like clockwork, somebody says something against me. Some of the time the bowling trainer [Waqar Younis] says Amir discarded us, here and there I’m told my outstanding task at hand is unsuitable. That’s it.”
Grouch among Amir and the board, particularly this current administration, had been stewing for some time before at last reaching a crucial stage on Thursday. Amir, who resigned from Test cricket a year ago, had wound up avoided from the PCB’s rundown of focal agreements recently, and excluded from Pakistan’s 35-man crew to New Zealand a month ago.
Upon that squad announcement, Amir said on Twitter “only Misbah” could explain why he hadn’t been included, before criticising bowling coach Waqar Younis for talking about his workload. That, coupled by Amir’s frequent praise of former Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur, at one point saying he would “love to play under Arthur for any side in the world”, offered insight into how he viewed his relations with the current coaching staff. That he singled Sethi out for praise in his statement is unlikely to have played too well in front of his successor Ehsan Mani or CEO Wasim Khan, further condemning Amir to international exclusion.
Given this is Pakistan cricket, absolutely no one would rule out a comeback for Amir at some point in the future. The 28-year old is still widely sought after in T20 leagues around the world, which his complete international retirement should allow more time for. That he spent so much time singling out this particular PCB management and administration as the reason he could no longer play for Pakistan, there is no reason to suggest he wouldn’t be open to a return should things at the board change. For now, however, Amir appears to have put to bed a tumultuous international career that appeared to have been sabotaged just as it began in 2010, before promising a second coming following a five-year ban that ended up fizzling out somewhat.
All things considered, the highs Amir appreciated in a reduced worldwide vocation would surpass most complete professions. Blasting onto the global scene in 2009, he had an essential impact in the 2009 T20 World Cup last against Sri Lanka, excusing Player of the Tournament Tillakaratne Dilshan in the first over as Pakistan secured the title. He would proceed to take five wickets in the Boxing Day Test sometime thereafter, and kept on torturing Australia in England in 2010, accepting seven wickets at Leeds as Australia were skittled out for a first innings 88, and Pakistan won their first Test against that resistance in quite a while. Five wickets at Lord’s against England were next before the spot-fixing outrage ejected.
Following his rebound, he was never entirely at that sparkling best, however looks at that incredible ability were evident occasionally. The spell with the new ball in the 2017 Champions Trophy last might be his generally renowned, as he eliminated Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan to set up a cavorting 180-run win. To a great extent, in any case, he had rehashed himself as more a white-ball expert than a without a doubt swing bowler, bearing the cost of him more occasions to play in T20 classes across the world.
Amir last played for Pakistan during the T20Is in England in August this year. He closes his global cricket with 259 wickets – 119 in Tests, 81 in ODIs and 59 in T20Is.