Mohammad Amir’s Test Retirement Decision Enrages Shoaib Akhtar
Rawalpindi Express Shoaib Akhtar has criticised left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir after the latter decided to call time on his Test cricket on Friday (July 26).
Pakistan veteran had lashed out at Amir for his shocking decision which has even left his opposition players baffled. At the age of 27, Amir had made up his mind that he is not partaking in the red-ball format after giving a prolonged thought to it.
The star cricketer was left disappointed with Amir’s decision. The prominent bowler had featured in 36 Tests for Pakistan in which he had collected 119 wickets at an average 30.48.
Recently, Amir had featured at the ICC World Cup 2019 in which he had returned to his best. Amir had snared 17 wickets in eight. The leading wicket-taker for the Men in Green, Amir, had played a significant role for Pakistan at the twelfth edition of the World Cup following a dismal start to the ODI showpiece.
Mohammad Amir’s decision did not sit well with Shoaib Akhtar and fans:
However, despite winning four back-to-back games, Pakistan were knocked out of the World Cup following falling short of net run-rate. Thus, the runners-up New Zealand had made as to the fourth semifinalist.
Meanwhile, the 43-year-old Shoaib has expressed displeasure on his YouTube channel.’
The speedster Akhtar, who himself featured in 46 Tests for Pakistan, reiterated it was the time for Amir to give it back to the cricket after being invested in by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Meanwhile, Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side tops the T20 team charts as per the ICC rankings. He expressed his discontent by saying what’s wrong with Pakistan 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. They all want to be T20 bowler, they all want to play only T20,” said Akhtar in the video.
The mainstay in Pakistan bowling department recently revealed that he had set focus on the white-ball format. Also, he is keen to do well in Australia during the 2020 ICC World T20.
Wasim Akram expresses surprise:
Amir, whom many compared with Wasim Akram, saw the latter expressing shock over his retirement.
The legendary bowler Akram took to his official Twitter handle by deeming Amir’s decision as ‘surprising’. He further added the traditional former is ‘the ultimate format’.
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
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