Mohammad Amir retired: Pakistan threatening quick Mohammad Amir on Thursday announced his international cricket career in a most dramatic way, admitted that he has been ‘mentally tortured’ by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Mohammad Amir said that he does not think he can work with his national board and it is best for him to leave it. The 28-year-old left-arm pacer called the day from international cricket by saying "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.
Amir was jailed in 2011 for his role in a spot-fixing scandal, retired from Test cricket last year. Amir participated in the recently concluded Lankan Premier League (LPL 2020). He bowled superbly in the tournament for the Galle Gladiators, who ended their campaign as the runners-up after losing the epic final to Jaffna Stallions on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis had stated that Mohammad Amir did not quit from Tests because of workload and the reasons were best known to the bowler. Amir was a part of the Pakistan squad which won the 2009 ICC T20 Cricket World Cup and was also there when they won the Champions Trophy title in 2017.
JUST IN: PCB have confirmed that Mohammad Amir has stepped down from international cricket.— ICC (@ICC) December 17, 2020
🇵🇰 147 internationals
☝️ 259 wickets
🎖️ 2009 @T20WorldCup champion
🏆 2017 ICC Champions Trophy winner
What is your favourite moment of the Pakistan pace bowler? pic.twitter.com/ilUAaZxSrM
“I am quitting cricket this time because I have been mentally tortured. I can’t bear this torture. I had faced torture from 2010 to 2015, I remained outside cricket for whatever reason. I served the punishment and did everything,” Amir, who is currently in Sri Lanka, said referring to the ban he served for his involvement in spot-fixing.
“I can give my best for Pakistan in white-ball cricket. But every month or two they say something about my bowling, or I am ditching this and that, there is no workload on me, etc.
“It means that I have been given a wake-up call that I am not in the scheme of things and I should be on the sidelines. With all these thoughts I am doing this. I am reaching Pakistan in one or two days and I will give a statement stating the reasons,” he said alluding to his omission from an ongoing tour of New Zealand.
The left-arm pacer, who arrived onto the scene in a T20I game against England back in 2009, participated in 147 international matches in which he scalped 259 wickets. He was part of the Pakistan squad which won the 2009 World T20I and was also part of the side that won the Champions Trophy title in 2017.