Former Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir has shocked the cricketing world by announcing his retirement from international cricket last year at the young age of 26. After doing so, the left-handed pacer has moved base to the United Kingdom with his family as his wife is British by birth.
Amir had leveled quite serious charges against the Pakistani team management, coaches, and even the Pakistan Cricket Board and had criticized how cricket is run in the country and how a senior player like him was disrespected time and again, which led him to take the decision to retire for the sake of his happiness and mental health.
He, however, had said that he will become available once the current management changes, but it seems he has some other plans for his future in cricket, given that he is still involved heavily in T20 franchise cricket and now with time on his hands, can do whatever he can.
I’m Enjoying My Cricket These Days And Plan To Play For Another 6 Or 7 Years: Mohammad Amir
In a candid chat with PakPassion.net, Mohammad Amir opened up about his future in cricket and plans for his cricketing career in the coming time.
“At the moment I’ve been granted indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom. I’m enjoying my cricket these days and plan to play for another 6 or 7 years so let’s see how things go. My children will grow up in England and receive their education there so no doubt I will be spending a fair amount of time there,” Mohammad Amir said.
Given that he has shifted base to Britain, Amir also has the choice to opt for British Citizenship, which he can get easily given his wife is British and then Amir can take Azhar Mahmood’s route to play in IPL.
Mohammad Amir Opined About Playing In The IPL After Receiving British Citizenship
No Pakistani player has played in the IPL since the second season and the only player participating in the league, who had played for Pakistan earlier was Azhar Mahmood, the former all-rounder, who registered himself as an English player and appeared for the Punjab Kings and the Kolkata Knight Riders.
“At the moment, I’ve not really thought about the other possibilities and opportunities available and how things will turn out when I receive British citizenship in the future,” Amir said on obtaining British Citizenship.
Amir, who made his debut for Pakistan in 2009, played 36 Tests, 61 ODIs, and 50 T20Is for his country. He was banned for 5 years from 2010-2015 for being found guilty of spot-fixing on a tour of England in 2010.