The 28-year-old left-armed pacer made the surprise announcement in a video interview released by the Pakistani website “Khel-Shel”.
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– Khel Shel (@khelshel) 1608191073000
“I stopped playing cricket this time because I was mentally tortured. I can’t stand this torture. I had to face torture from 2010 to 2015, I stayed out of cricket for whatever reason. I served my punishment and did everything.” Amir, who is currently in Sri Lanka, said referring to the ban he served for his involvement in on-site repairs.
“But I feel tortured by this constant talk that PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) has invested (in me). I can’t play with the current management. ”
The PCB released a brief statement after its CEO Wasim Khan spoke to Amir once his interview video went viral on social media.
“The 29-year-old confirmed to PCB CEO that he has no wishes or intentions to play international cricket and, as such, should not be considered for future international matches,” the statement said.
“This is a personal decision of Mohammed Amir, which the PCB respects and, as such, will not make any further comments on this matter at this stage,” the further reads.
PCB statement on Mohammad Amir: https://t.co/CQSHIlhBLk https://t.co/n2MJLpeZcF
– PCB Media (@TheRealPCBMedia) 1608199095000
A source close to Amir said the bowler passed on to PCB his disappointment at the way he was treated by national selectors and the current team management.
“Amir told Wasim Khan that he was being punished for his decision to leave the cricket test last year and even though he wanted to serve Pakistan in white ball formats, he was deliberately ignored by the team’s management,” the team said. source.
Last week Amir was embroiled in a war of words with Pakistani bowling coach and former captain Waqar Younis after the latter, in a media interaction from New Zealand, said Amir did not retired from Test cricket due to workload but because he didn’t want to. play the longest format.
Last year Amir had dropped out of testing to focus on white ball cricket as he felt his body couldn’t take the load of playing in all formats. He claimed 119 36-test wickets after making his debut in 2009. He served a five-year ban from 2010 to 2015 on charges of on-site repairs.
“I can give my best for Pakistan in white ball cricket. But every month or two they say something about my bowling, or I’m ditching this and that, there’s no workload for me etc.”
“It means I’ve been given a wake-up call that I’m not in the scheme of things and should be on the sidelines. With all these thoughts I’m doing it (quitting). I’m reaching Pakistan in a day or two and I’ll make a statement pointing the reasons, “he said, alluding to his omission from an international T20 series underway in New Zealand.
Amir was part of the Pakistani team that won the 2009 T20 World Cup and was also present when they won the Champions trophy title in 2017.
He said only two people – the former head of the PCB Najam Sethi and the former Pakistani handyman Shahid Afridi – had helped him when he returned after serving his ban.
“I will only give credit to these two people. Mr. Sethi had helped me alone … and when after my return everyone said I would not play with Amir, at that moment Afridi helped me.”
“I made my own decision but it was presented incorrectly that I don’t like playing for my country. Who doesn’t want to play for the country?” churches.
Amir also made it clear that once he reaches Pakistan, he will issue an official statement on the matter.
Amir participated in the Lankan Premier League (LPL) which ended on Wednesday.
He played exceptionally well in the tournament for the Galle Gladiators, who finished second after losing the final to the Jaffna Stallions.