Pakistani cricketer and star left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir said he is leaving the world of cricket owing to “torture” and an environment created by the Pakistan team management that is “pushing him away”.
Sports journalist Shoaib Jatt shared a video in which Amir explained his reason for leaving cricket. “I am not going away from cricket but I am being pushed away from it,” the left-arm pacer said, adding that an “environment” has been created for him to get “sidelined”. The 28 year old said he realised he was being sidelined and a hostile environment was being created after he did not get picked for to be a part of the Pakistan squad touring New Zealand. “I feel that I am leaving cricket at this time because I am being mentally tortured”, he said.
Amir said that only two people in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) really supported him, namely Shahid Afridi and former PCB chairperson Najam Sethi.
The pacer also spoke about his decision to retire from Test cricket, “I took a personal decision and it was presented incorrectly before people by implying I do not want to play for the country”. The cricketer said he wanted to invest as much as he ever could in playing white-ball cricket for Pakistan but “after every one month or two” something controversial would be said about his decision.
Following this announcement, PCB CEO Wasim Khan said he spoke with Amir about his plan to retire from cricket. A statement released by the PCB said, “The 29-year-old confirmed to the PCB chief executive that he has no desires or intensions of playing international cricket and as such, he should not be considered for future international matches”. The PCB stated that it “respects” Amir’s decision. And, added that it “will not make any further comment on this matter at this stage”.
Mohammad Amir played 147 international matches in which he took 259 wickets. He was also part of the Pakistan team which won the 2009 World T20I and the 2017 Champions Trophy.
Amir was also banned from playing cricket for a period of five years for his involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal during Pakistan’s tour of England in 2010.