The Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Amir has announced retirement from international cricket. He also alleged 'mental torture' from the Pakistan Cricket Board to take this early call. Amir was dropped from the New Zealand series and after missing out selection in the 35-man squad, Amir participated in Sri Lanka T20 League and guided his side Galle to the final.
He had announced the retirement from Test cricket in 2019 and faced criticism from Pakistan’s former cricketers. The patience is now over from him after the exit from the national team. Talking to a Pakistani journalist, Amir said he will be playing franchise cricket but has made up his mind not to carry on playing for Pakistan.
"No, I am not going away from cricket. If you have seen the way the atmosphere over here and the way I have been sidelined. I got a wake-up call there when I was not selected in 35 boys. If I don't get selected in the 35-member squad, then it is a wake-up call for me." Amir said.
He also added, "To be honest, I don't think I can play cricket under this management, I am leaving cricket, for now, I am being mentally tortured, I cannot handle it, I have seen it enough from 2010-2015. I have to repeatedly hear that PCB invested a lot in me, I am thankful to Shahid Afridi as he gave me chances when I came back after the ban."
Mohammed Amir is known for his fixing scandal and match-winning spell in Champions Trophy 2017 final. He was also part of the T20 World Cup 2009 winning squad. He made his debut in 2009 against England and after fixing the scandal, he made his international comeback in 2015.
Amir has played 30 Tests, 61 ODIs, and 50 T20Is for Pakistan in his international career. He last played for Pakistan in the T20I series against England in August this year.