Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir stunned the world announcing his Test retirement in 2019. The decision came down hard on Amir as it brought a lot of criticisms. Finally, Mohammad Amir has opened up his retirement speculations and his aim to focus on white-ball cricket.
Amir took immediate strides soon after he returned to international cricket after a ban. However, Mohammad Amir admitted that his body no longer has the strength to play all three forms of cricket.
Body was not permitting – Mohammad Amir on Test retirement
The left-arm fast bowler announced his retirement at the age of 29 from the longest format. He stated that he wanted to focus on only white-ball cricket during a chat with Mushtaq Ahmed.
“I know that if I play 3 formats especially test cricket, my body won’t let it happen. My body was so broken that people on social media started saying Amir’s swing is gone and pace is low and he’s not getting rhythm.
So they should know Amir is not a machine and human and there has to be a reason that the pace fell, swing got lost and I wasn’t getting rhythm. I came back after a 5-year gap and I don’t want my career finished in 2 years,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Amir admitted that he realised his body is not permitting after a rusty outing in the 2019 World Cup. He faced severe issues and even had to consume painkillers to play. As a result, his form witnessed a sharp dip and the management even dropped him playing XI.
“The World Cup axe was a big blow for me and I thought I’ve now gotten to a stage where I’m dying to play the tournament and I’m getting dropped so I had to decide about my cricket and how I can keep myself at the top level for the next 5/6 years. Playing is not an issue but staying at the top is and that’s a big challenge,” Amir added.
Mohammad Amir is finally all set to join his teammates in England for the three-match T20I series. He is currently in self-isolation in Lahore and is likely to leave for the UK later this week.