Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir announces retirement from international cricket, alleges mental torture

Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir announces retirement from international cricket, alleges mental torture



Alleging mental torture from Pakistan Cricket Board, fast bowler Mohammad Amir has announced he will not be playing international cricket anymore.

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has decided to quit international cricket alleging 'mental torture' from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Amir said being left out of the Pakistan squad for their ongoing tour of New Zealand was a 'wake-up' call for him and he has decided not to continue at the international level.

Amir had announced retirement from Test cricket last year and was slammed by many for his decision. However, the fast bowler seems to have run out of patience now and said he cannot continue playing under the current Pakistan team management. Amir was recently part of the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League after being left out of the Pakistan side for the New Zealand series.


Mohammad Amir announces retirement from international cricket, alleges mental torture from PCB.

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Mohammad Amir has announced his retirement from international cricket

Mohammad Amir alleged mental torture from Pakistan team management

Mohammad Amir said his snub for New Zealand tour was a 'wake-up call'

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has decided to quit international cricket alleging 'mental torture' from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Amir said being left out of the Pakistan squad for their ongoing tour of New Zealand was a 'wake-up' call for him and he has decided not to continue at the international level.

Amir had announced retirement from Test cricket last year and was slammed by many for his decision. However, the fast bowler seems to have run out of patience now and said he cannot continue playing under the current Pakistan team management. Amir was recently part of the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League after being left out of the Pakistan side for the New Zealand series.

In a video shared by Pakistan journalist Shoaib Jatt on social media, Amir, who had an impressive campaign for Galle Gladiators in Lanka Premier League, said he will be playing franchise cricket but has made up his mind not to carry on playing for Pakistan. Amir had retired from Test cricket last year citing workload issues.

"No, I am not going away from cricket. If you have seen the way the atmosphere over here and the way I have been sidelined. I got a wake-up call there when I was not selected in 35 boys. If I don't get selected in the 35-member squad, then it is a wake-up call for me," Amir said in the video.

"To be honest, I don't think I can play cricket under this management, I am leaving cricket, for now, I am being mentally tortured, I cannot handle it, I have seen it enough from 2010-2015. I have to repeatedly hear that PCB invested a lot in me, I am thankful to Shahid Afridi as he gave me chances when I came back after the ban," he added.

"Everyone wants to play for their country, they just keep saying that I left Test cricket for other leagues around the world, I made the comeback through BPL, if I was dying for leagues then I could have said I don't want to play for Pakistan. Every month there is someone who is saying Amir ditched us, in two days I will reach Pakistan and then I will release a statement," he said further.

Amir made his debut for Pakistan in a T20I match against England in June 2009 and was part of the side which won the 2009 T20 World Cup. However, his career went downhill after he was found guilty of spot-fixing and was banned for five years. He made his international comeback in 2015 and went on to play an instrumental role in Pakistan's Champions Trophy triumph in 2017.

Amir played 30 Tests, 61 ODIs, and 50 T20Is in his international career, picking up 119, 81, and 59 wickets in the three formats respectively. His last appearance for Pakistan came in the T20I series against England in August earlier this year. 

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