Pakistan left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir has announced his retirement from international cricket due to the “mental torture” created by the Pakistan team management.
The 28-year-old, who ended his Test career last year, has made a video statement that was shared by journalist Shoaib Jatt explaining his reasons behind the decision.
“I am not going away from cricket but I am being pushed away from it,” said Mohammad Amir while adding that it is because of the environment that has been created for him.
“The environment that has been created, I feel that I cannot play cricket under this management,” he added. “I feel that I am leaving cricket at this time because I am being mentally tortured,”
Mohammad Amir stated that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was constantly telling him that a lot has been invested in him but the cricketer dismissed the claims saying that the only two people to ever invest in him were Shahid Afridi and former PCB chairperson Najam Sethi.
“I took a personal decision and it was presented incorrectly before people by implying I do not want to play for the country,” said the left-arm pacer.
PCB Confirms Amir’s Decision
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed the news after CEO Wasim Khan spoke with the fast bowler regarding his decision to leave international cricket.
“The 29-year-old confirmed to the PCB chief executive that he has no desires or intensions of playing international cricket and as such, he should not be considered for future international matches,” said the statement.
According to the statement, the decision to retire was a personal one for Amir and PCB “respects” his decision adding that it “will not make any further comment on this matter at this stage.”