Former Pakistan paceman Mohammad Amir, who recently retired from international cricket controversially, has opened up on the only teammate, who supported him. After debuting way back in 2009 and shining in the first couple of years, Mohammad Amir faded away, mainly due to his role in the spot-fixing scandal in 2010. The 28-year old thanked Shahid Afridi, who endorsed his inclusion in the team while everyone was against it.
Mohammad Amir had to stay out of professional cricket for five years, owing to his role in the spot-fixing saga back in 2010 in England. He returned to the international arena in 2015; however, Amir lost much of his spark and could deliver only a few notable performances. As far as his premature retirement is concerned, the left-arm speedster blamed the Pakistan Cricket Board and team management for repeatedly torturing him.
Mohammad Amir revealed that the entire team was on one side and Shahid Afridi was firm on playing the speedster. Amir underlined that the rest of the men wanted him to be sidelined due to his part in the spot-fixing row and thanked Afridi for staying by him.
“The entire team was on one side and did not want to play with me but Shahid bhai said, ‘Amir will play come what may’. I will always be thankful to these two,” Amir told in his Youtube video.
I have reservations with the current team management: Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir also expressed his grievances with the PCB, who wants every player to agree with them no matter what and he wants this culture to stop. The 28-year old thanked the almighty for making a comeback and helping Pakistan win the Champions Trophy in 2017 apart from some outstanding bowling spells in PSL and Asia Cup. He added that not every cricketer has the same guts as he does.
“This is not an emotional decision. I took this step after putting much thought into it. See, not everyone has [the same] guts as I have. If I made a mistake, I came clean in front of everyone and apologised for it as well and faced this issue. I came back and with Allah’s help bowled a very good spell at the Asia Cup and then became the first bowler to take a hat-trick in the PSL. I also helped Pakistan win the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. I have reservations with the current team management. This ‘yes boss, yes boss culture’ cannot be allowed to go on,” he added.