Former Pakistani captain Inzamam-ul-Haq believes the sudden retirement of pacemaker Mohammad Amir will have repercussions for the squad, adding that it is “unfortunate” to see a player hanging his shoes over the cricket board issues of the country. Amir announced his retirement from international cricket on December 17, citing not being able to cope with the mental torture he has been subjected to by the current Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) management and some former Pakistani players.
“Amir is a good player and his absence will affect the squad. But we also have other bowlers who are doing well. Such incidents should not take place in Pakistan cricket and this is more important to me compared to how it is our bowling strength. A player should not leave cricket in such a way, after serving Pakistani cricket, because it does not look good, “Cricket Pakistan quoted Inzamam.
According to the veteran batsman, both sides should have talked about the problems and tried to solve them before making such a difficult decision.
“If Amir had problems with Waqar (Younis), he should have talked to Misbah (ul Haq) and if that didn’t work, he should have approached the PCB. If the problem persisted after that, he had the right to make such a decision. It’s unfortunate to see a player retire just because he wasn’t satisfied with one person, “he added.
Amir had made it clear that his decision to retire was not based on the fact that he had been impeached from the series in New Zealand, but rather on the way some members of the PCB management proceeded with his decision not to test cricket to play.
“The problem started when I announced my retirement from Test cricket. Everything was fine after the 2019 World Cup, then coach Mickey Arthur was fine with it and he understood the decision. However, some members in PCB management chose after they took the lead. I for white ball lay, and we even went to Australia, but when Pakistan lost the Test series there, the head coach and bowling coach started to make statements that I did not play Tests, some PCB management members said that Amir had dumped us, they said I left Test cricket for T20 competitions. It took me a year to do it, “Amir had said on his official YouTube channel.
The speedster ran 36 tests, 61 ODIs and 50 T20Is. Amir then took 259 wickets in three sizes of the game. Amir had played his first international match during the 2009 World Cup T20.
In November of this year, Amir was dropped from Pakistan’s T20 squad for the three-game series against New Zealand.
He was last seen in action in the Lanka Premier League, representing Galle Gladiators.
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