Pakistani star Mohammad Amir has announced his retirement from international cricket, saying he was “mentally tortured” by the management of his national team.
Amir, 28, was left out of Pakistan’s New Zealand touring squad and has since played in Sri Lanka’s T20 competition.
Amir had already retired from Test Cricket last year due to workload issues.
But the last straw seems to have been when the fast bowler wasn’t even ranked among his country’s top 35 players.
“I suffered many tortures from 2010 to 2015, for which I served my sentence.
“I was tortured by telling myself that the PCB has invested a lot in me,” Amir said.
I will just say that two people have invested a lot in me: Najam Sethi (former president of the CCP) and Shahid Afridi (former captain of Pakistan). They were the only two.
“The rest of the team said we didn’t want to play with Amir.
“Recently, the atmosphere that has been created means that I am constantly being taunted that I don’t want to play for my country. Every two months someone says something against me. Sometimes the bowling coach (Waqar Younis) says that Amir has abandoned us, sometimes I am told that my workload is not satisfactory.
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Amir has had an eventful career in the game.
He burst onto the test scene as a 17-year-old phenomenon, taking wickets for fun with his left arm.
But it all fell apart in 2010 when he was banned for five years for his involvement in the Lord’s spot repair scandal.
“I saw a lot of torture from 2010 to 2015,” Amir said.
“I was far from the match and condemned for my mistake.
“I am tortured again.”
Amir took 119 wickets out of 36 tests.