Controversial Pakistani bowler Mohammad Amir announced his retirement from international cricket on Thursday to protest the “sleazy” treatment he said he received from management. The 28-year-old, who had already retired from testing, was not selected in a big 35-member squad for the New Zealand series last month and was also overlooked for the home series against Zimbabwe. “I don’t want to play international cricket anymore,” Amir, who was previously banned for match-fixing, told AFP.
“I have always been available for white ball cricket, but I received sleazy treatment from the management of the team who mentally tortured me, and that is unacceptable.”
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed Amir’s decision.
“PCB CEO Wasim Khan spoke with Amir this afternoon who confirmed that he has no wishes or intentions to play international cricket and, as such, should not be considered for future international matches,” said a PCB release.
“This is Amir’s personal decision, which the PCB respects.”
Amir angered head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis with his sudden decision to retire from Test cricket in July last year.
Younis accused Amir of “leaving Pakistan” while continuing to play cricket to earn money.
“I know my body better than anyone and that decision was made primarily to save my body,” protested Amir.
Amir rose to international fame in 2010 as a young left arm paceman.
Legendary Pakistani paceman Wasim Akram described him as “the most talented fast thrower”.
But Amir’s career hit a roadblock when he was banned for five years in an adjustment case.
He was captured, along with test captain Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, from a stinging operation in deliberate orchestration with no balls in exchange for money in a Lord’s Test against England in 2010.
Of the three, only Amir returned to international cricket in 2016. A year later he helped Pakistan win the Champions Trophy with three wickets in the final against rivals India.
He was Pakistan’s best bowler with 17 wickets in last year’s World Cup.
Amir has taken 119 wickets in 36 tests while his count in 61 one-day internationals is 81 and 59 in 50 Twenty20 internationals.
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