Pakistan Paceman Mohammad Amir Quits International Cricket


Mohammad Amir has confirmed his retirement from global cricket after claiming to have been "pushed away" by Pakistan.

"PCB chief executive Wasim Khan spoke with Amir this afternoon who confirmed that he has no desires or intensions of playing worldwide cricket and, as such, he should not be considered for future global matches", a PCB release said. "The 29-year-old confirmed to the PCB chief executive that he has no desires or intentions of playing worldwide cricket and as such, he should not be considered for future global matches", the statement said.

The board not thanking Amir for his services underlined the depth of the estrangement between them.

However, a big turning point came in 2010 as Amir was arrested for spot-fixing and he was given a five-year ban for bowling two deliberate no-balls in a Test match against England.

Amir, whose worldwide career began in 2009, featured in 36 Tests, 61 one-day internationals and 50 T20s for his country, taking 259 wickets across all formats. He was allowed to return to cricket a few months early and recalled by Pakistan in 2016.

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Amir had played his first global match during the 2009 T20 World Cup and he was a part of the T20 World Cup-winning Pakistan squad.

"I am not going away from cricket but I am being pushed away from it", he told Samaa TV. "I don't think I can take this anymore because I bore huge torture from 2010 to 2015". As a professional cricketer, I did whatever I could, in a limited capacity, to keep myself fit and it also gave me time to think about my game. I had faced torture from 2010 to 2015, I remained outside cricket for whatever the reason. They were the only two.

The southpaw pacer rued that his personal decision of quitting Test cricket was purposefully misconstrued and presented "as if I did not want to play for the country". Every month there is someone who is saying Amir ditched us.

"Mr Sethi had helped me single-handedly. and when everybody said after I came back that wouldn't play with Amir, at that time Afridi helped me".

Amir angered head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis with his abrupt decision to retire from Test cricket in July past year.

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