Mohammad Amir has made the wrong decision in retiring from international cricket: Mohammad Asif
In his retirement note, Amir had accused PCB of mentally harassing him and not giving him proper chances on the big stage.
Updated - Dec 24, 2020 8:20 pm
Former Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Asif opined on the sudden retirement of Mohammad Amir from international cricket stating that both the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Amir are at fault for how the latter’s international career shaped up. Asif also blamed the PCB for not understanding the mentality of the players and not utilizing their full potential.
In his retirement note, Amir had accused PCB of mentally harassing him and not giving him proper chances on the big stage. Speaking about the same, Asif reckoned that the Pakistan board failed to show flexibility in what exactly they want from the pacer while Amir was also a little impetuous in making the decision.
“Both the Pakistan Cricket Board and Mohammad Amir are at fault regarding how his international career has turned out. The PCB showed a lot of faith in him and gave him a lot of support after his ban, but recently they have shown a lack of flexibility in what they want from him,”
“This has resulted in the current situation which could and should have been avoided for the sake of Pakistan cricket. At the same time, I feel that Amir has been a little impetuous in making the decision that he has and should have thought this through a little better.” Mohammad Asif said as quoted by The Cricketer.
Mohammad Amir at his best is still a match-winner: Mohammad Asif
Amir’s relationship with PCB had turned sour after the pacer decided to quit the purest format of the game as his body couldn’t take the load of playing all the three formats of the game. However, PCB wasn’t happy with this decision and started neglecting the left-arm pacer from white-ball cricket too.
Detailing his opinion on the same, Mohammad Asif said PCB should have understood the fitness concerns of Amir and should have utilized him properly in the Test format. Despite all this, the former cricketer wasn’t happy with Amir’s decision of quitting the game.
“There is no doubt that Mohammad Amir at his best is still a match-winner. Amir made the decision to retire from Test cricket due to fitness concerns, which I feel were genuine. Instead of the Pakistan Cricket Board accepting that decision and utilising his skills in the shorter formats, they have now ended up losing him in all formats after their uncompromising attitude.”
“Despite the flaws in the current group of coaches and the team management I still believe that Mohammad Amir has made the wrong decision in retiring from international cricket. Asif concluded.