Amir announces retirement from international cricket

Amir announces retirement from international cricket

by Raza Khan

Fast bowler Mohammad Amir on Thursday announces retirement from international cricket.

In a video message, Amir said that the management of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) didnot include his name in the list of 35-member squad which was a 'wake up' for him.

"It was difficult for me to play in the present circumstances that's why it is better to say goodbye," the fast bowler added.

Amir alleges that he was being "tortured mentally", adding that he did not think he could tolerate it anymore.

Meanwhile, the PCB released a statement saying that "Amir has no desire or intention of playing international cricket and as such, he should not be considered for future international matches".

"This is a personal decision of Mohammad Amir, which the PCB respects, and as such, will not make any further comment on this matter at this stage," the statement said.

"I have seen a lot of torture between 2010 and 2015 when I was away from cricket, whatever happened and the punishment that I served," he said.

The cricketer was referring to the infamous scandal in 2010 when he was implicated in allegations of spot-fixing for bowling two deliberate no-balls in return for payment as part of a betting scam in the Lord's Test against England. He was subsequently questioned by Scotland Yard along with teammates Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt and pleaded guilty. He was convicted in November 2011 and banned from playing for five years.