The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday confirmed that 28-year-old fast bowler Mohammad Amir has retired from international cricket.
Amir had initially made the announcement in a video message released earlier today. However, it was not immediately clear whether he was taking an indefinite break over a clash with the cricket board or had actually retired. Responding to the media reports, the PCB released a statement saying the board’s chief executive, Wasim Khan, spoke with the player this afternoon.
According to the press release, Amir confirmed to the PCB chief executive that “he has no desire or intention of playing international cricket and as such, he should not be considered for future international matches”. “This is a personal decision of Mohammad Amir, which the PCB respects, and as such, will not make any further comment on this matter at this stage,” the statement said.
Amir Calls It Mental Torture
Earlier today, the fast bowler released a video message saying he was being “mentally tortured” by the PCB management. He said that the current environment at the PCB and the way he was sidelined from the 35-member squad for the New Zealand tour was a “wake up call” for him.
“If I wasn’t in the plan for those 35 boys, then it is a wake-up call for me to see my future plan [and] how I have to carry on my cricket. “The kind of environment that has been created, I don’t think I can play cricket under this management. I am leaving cricket at this time,” he said.
Amir said he was being “tortured mentally”, adding that he did not think he could tolerate it anymore. “I have seen a lot of torture between 2010 and 2015 when I was away from cricket, whatever happened and the punishment that I served,” he said.
The cricketer was referring to the infamous scandal in 2010 when he was implicated in allegations of spot-fixing for bowling two deliberate no-balls in return for payment as part of a betting scam in the Lord’s Test against England. He was subsequently questioned by Scotland Yard along with teammates Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt and pleaded guilty. He was convicted in November 2011 and banned from playing for five years.
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