Disheartened Mohammad Amir decides to quit global cricket

Disheartened Mohammad Amir decides to quit global cricket

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has revealed that the organisation "respects" pacer Mohammad Amir's decision to retire from the worldwide game. "I don't think I can bear such torture". I had faced torture from 2010 to 2015, I remained outside cricket for whatever the reason.

Amir announced his decision to local Samaa TV, saying he was mentally tortured by Pakistan teammates and coaches, the national board, and by opponents wherever he played. The 28-year-old confirmed to the PCB chief executive that he has no desires or intensions of playing worldwide cricket and as such, he should not be considered for future global matches.

Incidentally, Amir retired from Test cricket in July previous year in order to focus on white-ball cricket, a decision that was subsequently slammed by then Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis who felt his team was shortchanged by Amir's decision on the tour of Australia.

The southpaw pacer rued that his personal decision of quitting Test cricket was purposefully misconstrued and presented "as if I did not want to play for the country".

"I am quitting cricket as I am being tortured mentally".

In 2019 he no longer wanted to play tests, to focus on white-ball cricket and prolong his global career.

The 28-year-old, who had already retired from Tests, was not selected in a large 35-member squad for the New Zealand series last month and was also overlooked for the home series against Zimbabwe.

But Amir's career hit a roadblock when he was banned for five years in a spot-fixing case. He called time on his career after playing just 36 Tests, in which he scalped 119 wickets. They were the only two. "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 T20 worldwide series New Zealand. He said only two persons - former PCB chief Najam Sethi and ex Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi - had helped him when he came back after serving his ban.

"The rest of the team was saying we don't want to play with Amir". Every two months, someone says something against me.

The Pakistan Cricket Board on Thursday issued an official statement about the reports surrounding paceman Mohammd Amir's retirement from global cricket.

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