Pakistani pace bowler Md. Amir, who has had a rather controversial career has officially announced retirement from the game. The fast bowler announced retirement from test matches last year citing immense work load pressure. This time too Amir has reasoned mental torture and pressure by senior management for his retirement.
Fast bowler Mohammad Amir has conveyed to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) his decision to retire from international cricket. Although no reason was specified by the board, a media release from the board revealed that the 28-year-old informed the PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan that “he has no desires or intentions of playing international cricket and as such, he should not be considered for future international matches.”
Amir, who just wrapped up an amazing season of Lanka Premier League, has had a memorable career consisting 30 Tests, 61 ODIs, and 50 T20Is in his international career, picking up a total of 259 international wickets. His last appearance for Pakistan came in the T20I series against England in August earlier this year.
This decision, temporary or otherwise, draws the curtains on an intriguing career of two parts. Amir began as the prodigious talent who as a 17-year-old turned heads when he took 55 wickets for National Bank of Pakistan in his debut season. Amidst constant comparisons to bowling legend Wasim Akram, Amir was fast-tracked into Pakistan’s 2009 T20 World Cup side, where he made his debut for Pakistan in a T20I against England. He would go on to deliver a crucial burst in the final against Sri Lanka as Pakistan claimed the title.
Then came the part of his career which both he and Pakistan cricket would like to erase. He was banned from the game for 5 year on charges of spot fixing.
After making his comeback to international cricket in 2016, Amir found his magic again and was instrumental in Pakistan’s historic triumph in Champion’s Trophy 2016.