Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir, on Thursday, put the full stop to his international cricket career at the age of 28. He also blamed the Pakistan Cricket Board and management for torturing him.
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has said that he has been facing mental torture from the senior national team management and he doesn’t want to play international cricket anymore.
Now Amir has blamed the Pakistan team management for his decision to quit international cricket. He also slammed Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis for spoiling his image.
The Pakistan pacer opened up on his official YouTube channel and held Pakistan team management responsible for his decision of quitting the international cricket. He also made it clear that he had problems with Mishab-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis.
“These people have been trying to slowly poison people’s minds by saying that I didn’t want to play Test cricket and only wanted to play in T20 leagues to earn money. They built a narrative that I had let down the team despite all the investment in me,” Amir said.
“They have tried to spoil my image and it takes a lot of hard work to build your image.”
“It was a very hard decision for me but I think the time has come when one shouldn’t keep quiet. I took this decision to raise this issue and let people know what is happening.”
Mohammad Amir also hit back on reports that he was ignored on the cricket field for faring poorly. In the Pakistan Super League, as well as in the Asia Cup and the 2017 Champions Trophy, Amir highlighted his results. He also pointed out that despite having a shoulder problem, he was Pakistan’s highest wicket-taker in the 2019 World Cup.
“What performances do they talk about…Since I came back I had a PSL hat trick, I bowled well in the Asia Cup and Champions Trophy, I was the highest wicket-taker in last year’s World Cup despite playing with a shoulder problem.
“I am still in the ICC bowlers rankings. I have given performances in leagues. What more can I do?” said Amir.
The player said he was shocked at how some people without knowing anything about him could be “judgmental” about his retirement from Test cricket. At the same time, he also made it clear that it was difficult for him to play with the new team management.
“When did I say I would prefer playing in leagues instead of playing for Pakistan. But when you are not being selected in the national team what else can I do except go and play in leagues and prove myself to everyone. I have my self-respect and I can’t compromise on that. I believe in giving respect, getting respect,” Amir concluded.