Last year, Mohammad Amir’s decision to retire from the Test cricket has surprised several Pakistan cricketers and fans. A few days ago, Pakistan’s bowling coach Waqar Younis had also said that he was hurt after Amir, at an early age, hanged his boot in the extended format of the game. Several criticised his decision but he remained silent. However, finally, in the recent interaction, he spilt the beans that what led him to retire from Test cricket.
When Mohammad Amir broke into international scenes, he was applauded across the globe for his bowling. He got some top-notch wickets and stunned players with his pace. However, the player, who once looked to be at the top, got surrounded with spot-fixing allegations in 2011. He was given five years ban after he confessed his crime.
Amir returned in the game but failed to create the impact which he had before the ban. He was in and out of the team during the course. The veteran pacer was included in the World Cup 2019 squad and had a decent tournament, picking 17 wickets in 8 matches. But soon after the mega event, he announced his retirement from Test cricket.
Mohammad Amir reveals the reason for his Test retirement:
Mohammad Amir said that he was not physically fit for the longest format. As per him, his pace and rhythm had degraded after returning from a 5-year ban. So, he decided to retire to shift his focus to white-ball to extend his career.
“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.” Amir told Mushtaq Ahmed on his Youtube channel.
I was in pain and I cried: Mohammad Amir
The 29-year-old pacer has revealed that he suffered from an injury ahead of the World Cup but he went off his limits. He had to take pills to lessen the pain but he didn’t express anyone about his struggle.
The fast-bowler believed that his body was not supporting him because of the workload. So, at last, he decided to retire from Test cricket.
“In the first World Cup match against the West Indies, I played with a spasm and you can ask Cliffey about this. (Pointing to his left collar bone) I couldn’t see my collar bone and I had taken 3 pain killers the night before and another 3 in the morning and my shoulder was taped. When bowled the first ball of the match I was screaming on the inside with the pain that’s how much pain I was in. Others wouldn’t have heard the screaming but I was the one who cried,” the left-arm seamer explained.
“During the World Cup, I had told Mickey I am retiring from tests and I will announce it because I need time to build my body and as long as I play the longer format, my body won’t get time to recover because I need a break to build it,” Amir concluded.
However, Mohammad Amir’s decision to retire has costed him because disappointed selectors had also overlooked him for shorter formats. He was dropped from the Bangladesh series at home after failing to create an impact in the Australia series. Currently, he has been recalled in the team for England’s series.