Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has criticised Mohammad Amir for his shocking retirement. Amir has decided to call time on his Test career and he is only 27 years of age. The gun fast bowler is at the top of prowess and it was a bolt from the blue when he came forward with his retirement announcement.
The southpaw seamer played only 36 Test matches for Pakistan national cricket team. Amir scalped 119 wickets for Pakistan and there was a good future ahead of him in the red ball version. However, Amir has moved away from the longest format in a bid to concentrate more on the white ball version of the game.
Shoaib Akhtar stated that Pakistan cricket has invested big in Mohammad Amir and now he is wasting his talent by hanging his boot.
Amir had made his Test debut against Sri Lanka and he had a fine start to his Test career. The talisman had scalped six wickets on his debut but his efforts went in vain as Pakistan lost that match by 50 runs.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Amir best bowling figures came against West Indies when he took 6-44 at Kingston, Jamaica. Amir could have played more in the red ball version but he has decided to move away from the Test format.
Shoaib Akhtar said that he has no idea what is happening with Pakistan cricket. Akhtar said the modern-day players only want to play T20 cricket.
“What is happening with Pakistan cricket, what are they doing? I am not able to understand that how a 27-year-old Mohammad Amir can take retirement when Pakistan have invested in him and is continuously trying that Amir play cricket for Pakistan when he had gained some form,” said Akhtar in the video. “They all want to be T20 bowler, they all want to play only T20,” added the 43-year-old.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Amir had a fine World Cup in England and Wales. Amir was Pakistan’s leading wicket-taker with 17 wickets in the eight matches of the ODI showpiece. On the other hand, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram also took to Twitter to share his thoughts on Amir.
Here is the Tweet:
To me Mohammad Amir retiring from Test cricket is a bit surprising because you peak at 27-28 and Test cricket is where you are judged against the best, it’s the ultimate format. Pakistan will need him in two Tests in Australia and then three in England.
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) July 26, 2019