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Mohammad Amir retirement | Mohammad Amir wrong to quit international cricket, PCB also at fault: Mohammad Asif

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Key Highlights

  • Mohammad Amir announced his retirement from international cricket after being snubbed for New Zealand tour
  • Amir couldn’t find a spot in the 32-man Pakistan team for the bilateral series against the Kiwis
  • Amir also alleged mental torture from the Pakistan team management, forcing him to quit

Pakistan cricket has been full of dramatic twists and turns throughout its history. The recent decision of marquee pacer Mohammad Amir to call time on his international career after fall out with the management added another chapter to this never-ending tale of poorly conducted cricketing affairs in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

While many fans, former cricketers and experts are yet to come to terms with the fact that one of the country’s finest pace bowlers ever will not be donning the green jersey again, another ex-cricketer Mohammad Asif has termed it as a huge mistake.

“Both the Pakistan Cricket Board and Mohammad Amir are at fault regarding how his international career has turned out. The PCB showed a lot of faith in him and gave him a lot of support after his ban, but recently they have shown a lack of flexibility in what they want from him,” Asif was quoted as saying by ‘The Cricketer’.

“This has resulted in the current situation which could and should have been avoided for the sake of Pakistan cricket. At the same time, I feel that Amir has been a little impetuous in making the decision that he has and should have thought this through a little better.” he further said.

Amir hasn’t enjoyed a fruitful spell in the national team for the last couple of years. He was also snubbed for the 32-man squad that travelled to New Zealand for a bilateral series earlier this month. The selection committee’s decision turned out to be the final nail in the coffin for Amir who decided to put this ‘mental torture’ to an end and bid adieu to his international career.

“There is no doubt that Mohammad Amir at his best is still a match-winner. Amir made the decision to retire from Test cricket due to fitness concerns, which I feel were genuine. Instead of the Pakistan Cricket Board accepting that decision and utilising his skills in the shorter formats, they have now ended up losing him in all formats after their uncompromising attitude,” Asif opined.

Many former stars including Shoaib Akhtar have been unhappy with Amir’s premature retirement. The Rawalpindi Express even offered to mediate between PCB and the bowler while also offering to train the latter. Asif also has a similar opinion and feels Amir is wrong to quit so early.

“Despite the flaws in the current group of coaches and the team management I still believe that Mohammad Amir has made the wrong decision in retiring from international cricket,” Asif concluded.

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