Amir informed PCB that “he has no desire or intention to play international cricket …” © Getty
Fast pitcher Mohammad Amir has notified the Pakistan Cricket Board of his decision to retire from international cricket. Although no reason was specified, a board press release revealed that the 28-year-old informed PCB CEO Wasim Khan that he “has no wishes or intentions to play international cricket and as such, should not be considered for the future. international matches “.
Amir, who has just finished an impressive season in the Lanka Premier League, has played 30 trials, 61 ODI and 50 T20I in his international career, racking up a total of 259 international wickets. His last appearance for Pakistan came in the T20I series against England in August this year.
This decision, temporary or not, opens the curtain on an intriguing two-part career. Amir started out as the prodigious talent who turned heads at 17 when he took 55 wickets for the National Bank of Pakistan in his debut season. In the midst of constant confrontations with bowling legend Wasim Akram, Amir was accelerated into the 2009 Pakistan T20 World Cup team, where he made his debut for Pakistan in a T20I against England. He would go on to deliver a crucial blast in the final against Sri Lanka as Pakistan claimed the title.
After a brilliant start in the Test format as well, his career went downhill after he was found guilty of adjustments and was banned for five years. He made his international comeback in 2016 and went on to play an instrumental role in the 2017 Pakistan Champions Trophy triumph. He was also the team’s main wicket-taker at the 2019 World Cup where Pakistan failed to qualify for. the semifinals despite the victories over both eventual finalists, England and New Zealand, in the group stages.
Incidentally, Amir retired from Test cricket in July last year to focus on white ball cricket, a decision which was later slammed by then Pakistani head coach Waqar Younis who felt his team had been changed by the decision of Amir on tour of Australia.