Pakistan Cricket Team fast bowler Mohammad Amir has called time on his prestigious international career on December 17 (Thursday). The left-arm pacer, who bursts onto the scene in a T20I game against England in June 2009, participated in 147 international matches in which he scalped 259 wickets.
Meanwhile, the pacer had retired from Test cricket citing workload reasons and has been participating in the limited-overs format. The decision also came under strict criticism by several former players and legends. He has been a force to reckon with for the Men in Greens over a decade. Mohammad Amir’s last ODI came against Sri Lanka in Karachi while his last T20I was against England in Manchester earlier this year.
Mohammad Amir announces retirement
Mohammad Amir was part of the Pakistan squad which won the 2009 World T20I. However, his career faced a downward spiral when he was banned for five years over his involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal during the tour of England in 2010. Upon his return to the international side, Amir played a leading role in Pakistan’s formidable pace attack and helped the side won its maiden International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy title back in 2017.
A media release from the board revealed that the 28-year-old informed the PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan that “he has no desires or intentions of playing international cricket and as such, he should not be considered for future international matches.”
He last featured for Galle Gladiators in the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League which culminated tomorrow. Mohammad Amir played a key role in Gladiators’ run to the final where they lost to Jaffna Stallions. He finished as the fifth-highest wicket-taker with 11 wickets including a five-wicket haul helping Galle bounce back from a disastrous start.
Recently, the star fast bowler joined Pune Devils for the upcoming edition of the Abu Dhabi T10 League. Mohammad Amir is not new to playing in the tournament, having previously plied his trade for Maratha Arabians.