Srinagar, December 16: Pakistan premier pacer Mohammad Amir has announced shock indefinite break from International cricket citing ‘mental torture’ from Pakistan National selectors as the reason for his decision.
Amir was not included in Pakistan’s extended 35-man squad named for the New Zealand tour after also losing a spot in the side for the preceding home series against Zimbabwe.
Amir has been quite vocal about his disappointment at the New Zealand snub, often taking to social media to pass comments at chief selector-cum-head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis.
In an interview with Pakistan journalist Shoaib Jatt, Amir explained his reason behind the decision to quit international cricket as being down to the ‘mental torture’ he was facing for having left Test cricket last year.
“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 35-member squad, then it means to wake up call for me,” Amir said in a video shared by Pakistan journalist Shoaib Jatt on social media.
“I don’t think I can play cricket under this management. I think I should leave cricket this time. I am being tortured mentally.
“I don’t think I can tolerate any more torture now. I have seen a lot of torture from 2010 to 2015. I was away from the game and sentenced for my mistake.
Amir made his debut for Pakistan back in 2009 at the tender age of 17 and immediately shot to prominence for his bowling heroics. However, his promising career met a major roadblock when he was one of the three players found guilty in the spot-fixing scandal of summer of 2010 in England.
He later made an impressive return to the Pakistan national side after serving a five-year suspension for his nefarious actions.