Sport is all about uncertainties! And it’s not just related to ‘injuries,’ as we recently heard about Shadab Khan replacing Babar Azam due to his uncertain exclusion from the Pakistani team after having a thumb injury in New Zealand T20 series, or Pakistani team members contracting Covid-19 in Christchurch, New Zealand despite all the approved medical tests in Pakistan!
But this time it’s the fast bowler Muhammad Amir, who has taken an indefinite break from International Cricket, according to Pakistan Cricket Board.
Pakistani international cricketer Muhammad Amir is a left-arm fast bowler who made his debut at the age of 17 years for the Pakistan Cricket Team in 2009 against Sri Lanka. Amir made his international debut against England in 2009 ICC World Twenty20. He took the wicket of Ravi Bopara with only his second ball, with Shoaib Malik taking a fine catch, and conceded only one run in his debut international over. Amir made his One Day International match debut against Sri Lanka taking 3 wickets at an economy rate of 4.50 and also scoring 23 runs. He plays for Quetta Gladiators in Pakistan Super League. He has played 61 ODIs and 50 T20Is in his limited-overs career, taking 81 and 59 wickets respectively.
Amir had openly expressed his disappointment on social media after New Zealand tour humiliation after the denial of team training from the Health official of New Zealand Cricket Authority. He had also taken digs at Head Coach Misbahul Haq and Bowling coach Waqar Younis, on Twitter, in the recent past. Amir had previously announced his retirement from Test cricket in July 2019, citing workload concerns, but he is still committed to play white-ball cricket for Pakistan.
Amir stated that, “People talk about my age and retirement but what they don’t realise that I didn’t play cricket for five years. Even if you don’t start your car for a week, even that needs oil change to get it running properly once again.”
The player also showed his sheer disappointment due to the disheartening comments and sarcasm over the years from the team which had led him to take this decision. He also said that his workload management was becoming a major issue behind this decision. He also added that he was continuously facing issues related to fitness, despite the confirmation of the team’s physiotherapist Cliffe Deacon of him being fit during England Tour in 2018.
Upon his return to the international cricket, Amir played a dominant role in Pakistan’s formidable pace attack and helped the team won its maiden International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy title back in 2017.