Pakistan’s pacer Mohammad Amir, who had announced his retirement from international cricket, has detailed the reasons which led to this decision.
Mohammad Amir has criticized the current cricket team’s management and called for an end to the “yes boss” culture.
“This is not an emotional decision. I took this step after putting much thought into it,” said Amir in a video message uploaded on his YouTube account.
The Galle Gladiators fast bowler said the current team management, especially Waqar Younis, had been “putting people under the impression” that Amir had quit Test cricket because he wanted to play for different leagues and not the country.
The fast bowler said that certain people in the cricket team’s management were “trying to ruin his image” by saying that he preferred to play for different leagues as opposed to the national team because they paid him well.
He said that until recently, the PCB allowed its cricketers to only play two leagues. “Only recently have they started issuing three NOCs and allowed cricketers to play in three leagues,” he said.
Amir said that he was “not weak” and if that had been the case, he would have never made a comeback after the 2010 spot-fixing scandal and would have quit playing then.
“However, I came back and with Allah’s help, bowled a very good spell at the Asia Cup and then became the first bowler to take a hat trick in the PSL,” he said.
“I was a part of that team,” he said. “I did not want to recount my achievements like this but this is for those who appear on TV or question my performance on their YouTube channels,” added the bowler.
Amir categorically denied having any problems with PCB CEO Wasim Khan or the board’s chairman Ehsan Mani. “I have reservations with the current team’s management that want to pressurise players,” he said.
“This ‘yes boss, yes boss’ (culture) cannot be allowed to go on,” he added. “Give respect, take respect. In today’s world, everyone wants to be treated with respect,” Amir added.
Moreover, Mohammad Amir thanked former Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi and former PCB chairman Najam Sethi for supporting his return to cricket.
“The entire team was on one side and did not want to play with me but Shahid bhai said, ‘Amir will play come whatever may’. I will always be thankful to these two always for their support,” he said.
“There are many players in the team who play only one format. They [team management] never had [any issues] with them and I never understood why. I was always available for two formats,” he said.
Concluding his statement, Amir said that cricket meant everything to him hence leaving it was a very difficult decision.