Former Pakistan batsman, Ramiz Raja expressed his utter disappointment with Mohammad Amir’s decision to retire from international cricket at the age of just 28. Amir on Wednesday said that he had no intentions of playing for Pakistan anymore as he was fed up with the management.
He also said that he was being ‘mentally tortured’ by the management. The left-arm pacer feels unfairly treated, particularly by head coach, Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach, Waqar Younis.
“The sort of environment that has been created … I don’t think I can play cricket under this management. I am quitting cricket as I am being tortured mentally. I don’t think I can take this anymore because I bore immense torture from 2010 to 2015,” Mohammad Amir said in an interview with Samaa.
Amir was dropped from the T20 side to tour New Zealand– the series which commences on 18th December. He retired from Test cricket in July 2019 citing workload issues. He picked 119 scalps in 36 Tests. The seamer has taken 81 wickets in 61 ODIs and 59 wickets in 50 T20Is. It is being rumoured that Amir would be taking a British visa in order to be eligible to play in the IPL.
Don’t mistake wealth for respect: Ramiz Raja
Ramiz Raja took to Twitter to air his views on Amir’s retirement. He started off by writing that Amir could have reached greater heights has he continued with his international career.
The cricketer-turned-commentator then cited Amir’s example for youngsters to learn that they should not chase money as they will garner more respect in playing for the country. The 58-year-old opined that respect is earned by a person’s character and not the fleshiness of its money.
“Mohammad Amir retires. Sad untimely exit of a potential super star! And a lesson for aspiring youth: Respect your talent and understand your responsibilities. Don’t mistake wealth for respect. Respect is earned by having a strong character and not by worldly glitzy shit!” tweeted Ramiz Raja.
Ramiz Raja took a dig at Amir with his tweet as the pacer reportedly applied for a British visa last year. His wife, Narjis Amir currently holds a UK passport, hence Amir is eligible to get citizenship in England. Since Pakistani players are not allowed to participate in the IPL, Amir can play in the richest T20 league in the world as an England citizen.
Mohammad Amir retires. Sad untimely exit of a potential super star! And a lesson for aspiring youth: Respect your talent and understand your responsibilities. Don’t mistake wealth for respect. Respect is earned by having a strong character and not by worldly glitzy shit!
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) December 17, 2020