Mohammad Amir Retires from International Cricket at 28


Modified Dec 17, 2020 4:27 PM IST

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Mohammad Amir retires from International Cricket at the age of 28, citing mental issues due to tensions with the Pakistan Cricket Board

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has put an end to a roller-coaster career with Pakistan.

At the age of twenty-eight, he announces his retirement from international Cricket.

His retirement comes after playing 36 Tests, 61 ODIs, and 50 T20Is.

Amir has announced his retirement from Test Cricket a couple of years ago and hasn’t been a part of the limited-overs sides in a while.

He made a surprising return in the 2019 World Cup after initially being left out of the probable’s.

He did an excellent job in the World Cup but was dropped shortly after.

The news has been confirmed, as he shares his desires to the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Mohammad Amir made his international debut across formats in 2009.

As a young fast bowler, Amir caught the eye of many star bowlers early in his career.

Mohammad Amir made his international debut back in 2009, but lost five years of his career due to a spot fixing ban.

With swift action and incredible pace, Amir quickly made a name for himself at the highest level.

He played his first game for Pakistan in the 2009 T20 World Cup and immediately impacted.

His performance influenced his Test and ODI debut, and he bowled with some excellent fast bowlers in his side.

His skiddy bouncers proved useful as he added freshness to Pakistan’s T20 side.

Amir followed a wonderful debut year with another strong T20 World cup in 2010.

With a lot of promise and Amir among the players to watch out for the future, Amir’s career and life flipped very quickly.

Playing in England, Amir was one of the three Pakistani players involved in the spot-fixing scandals.

Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif and then captain, Salman Butt, were charged for their offense.

Mohammad Amir made a strong comeback, but couldn’t sustain the momentum a few years into his second attempt at International Cricket

The three players received bans of varying lengths, as Amir was hit with the shortest ban.

He was out of international Cricket for five years, and all this happened when he was only eighteen.

Mohammad Amir made a return to international Cricket in 2016.

His return was met with a lot of noise and criticism, while Amir received many sticks from the crowds when he traveled.

He played his first T20I on return, against New Zealand, and took a hat-trick in the Pakistan Super League to announce his return.

Amir’s comeback gained momentum with his performance in the Asia Cup and T20 World Cup in 2016.

He leads Pakistan’s bowling attack and also had some fierce battles with Virat Kohli.

Following his limited-overs return, Amir got the chance to make a Test appearance.

It fitted that his Test return was in Lords, where his career turned upside down back in 2010.

He received some harsh treatment from the crowd initially, but after an excellent series, in which Pakistan drew 2-2, the noise around Amir went a little silent.

He became a regular fixture in the side and went on to do well in the ICC Champions Trophy.

Amir started slowly during the tournament, going wicketless in the first few games, but picked up later.

He took the wickets of India’s top three batsmen in the final to kill the chase and win the Trophy for his side.

His batting was useful throughout the tournament as well, as he supported his captain Sarfaraz Khan, with Pakistan in a tight spot against Sri Lanka.

Throughout his career, Amir did face spells where he struggled to pick up wickets.

He looked threatening, but his fielders didn’t support him on most occasions, as quite a few catches went down off his bowling.

Mohammad Amir has been apart of some famous battles with Virat Kohli in the past

After struggling to pick up wickets, Mohammad Amir was dropped during the Asia Cup, 2018.

He was in an out of the squad for the remainder of the year and just made the World Cup squad.

With a lot of promise, Pakistan included him in the fifteen-man squad, despite not naming him in the probable’s earlier.

His inclusion made a difference, as he took seventeen wickets and was Pakistan’s best bowler.

He retired from Test Cricket in July 2019, stating that he’d like to focus on white-ball cricket, and is also a part of various leagues around the World.

After the World Cup, Mohammad Amir continued to be in and out of the side.

With some tensions between Amir and the Board, the fast bowler has announced his decision to retire from international Cricket.

The PCB stated that they don’t wish to make any comments on the decision, while Amir says recent events have mentally affected him.

He has been left on the sidelines on numerous occasions and excluded from various events.

Amir last played for Pakistan in August, against England in the T20 format.

He recently took part in the Lanka Premier League and may feature in more such leagues.

With a promising career ahead at the age of 28, fans may feel Amir could have shown much more with his skill.

For now, he has called curtains on an international career, which has contained various ups-and-downs over the last eleven years.