Muhammad Amir, the Pakistani fast pacer, has announced his retirement from International cricket on Friday July 26. The 27 year old, made a surprise and a very unexpected announcement with the team heavily reliant on his recent form to obtain positive results. The decision was made in order for him to be able to concentrate on white-ball cricket as he mentioned in his statement:
“It has been an honour to represent Pakistan in the pinnacle and traditional format of the game. I, however, have decided to move away from the longer version so I can concentrate on white-ball cricket,Playing for Pakistan remains my ultimate desire and objective, and I will try my best to be in the best physical shape to contribute in the team’s upcoming challenges, including next year’s ICC T20 World Cup.”
Amir, has had a roller coaster of a career, being caught for spot-fixing at a very early age and having enough time to resurrect himself and his career to get back in top form and start troubling batsmen right away. His performances in the T20 World Cup, were evidence of that.
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However, Shoaib Akhtar has not taken the news well and has spoken out quite blatantly about the situation:
“I am thoroughly disappointed that Amir has retired at the age where players are at the peak of their careers. It was time for Amir to pay back Pakistan. In a time where Pakistan’s run in Test matches is so poor, Amir was needed to deliver for his side and help them win some series. I had helped Pakistan win series in England and New Zealand despite knee injuries,”
Shoaib, who has recently started off his youtube channel for remarks about the Pakistan Cricket, spoke openly. Others too were not happy with the decision including Wasim Akram,
To me Mohammad Amir retiring from Test cricket is a bit surprising because you peak at 27-28 and Test cricket is where you are judged against the best, it’s the ultimate format. Pakistan will need him in two Tests in Australia and then three in England.