Mohammad Amir's choice to say goodbye to Test cricket at 27 years old, did not go well with former Pakistan pacers Shoaib Akhtar and Wasim Akram.
Mohammad Amir, Pakistan's fast bowler, announced his retirement from Test cricket with prompt effect on Friday. Referring to his longing to focus on white-ball cricket, the 27-year-old made an announcement through the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). He will keep being available for ODIs and T20Is and said his objective was to be in the "best physical shape" for one year from now's T20 World Cup in Australia. Be that as it may, Amir's choice to say goodbye to the Tests at a young age did not go well with former Pakistan players Shoaib Akhtar and Wasim Akram.
Akhtar said that Pakistan cricket has invested into Amir after his comeback from the spot-fixing ban, it was his turn to pay back.
"I am thoroughly disappointed that Amir has resigned at the age where players are at the peak of their careers. It was the ideal opportunity for Amir to pay back Pakistan. In a period where Pakistan's run in Test matches is so poor, Amir was expected to help them win some series. I had helped Pakistan win series in England and New Zealand regardless of knee injuries," Akhtar said on his YouTube channel.
"In the event that I was a part of the Pakistan selection board, I would have not permitted these young men to play only T20s. There are times when you should money however, this is when Pakistan needs you.
"I request the board to investigate the matter. Amir is only 27 and his retirement shows us the mentality of the players. I think this is the ideal opportunity for Pakistan PM Imran Khan to investigate the issue to bring dynamic and energetic individuals."
"All of these players simply need to be the T20 bowlers. This is the reality. Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, every one of these players need to play just during the T20s. Playing in the ODIs also seems to be a huge task for them," the former Pakistan pacer included.
Then again, Wasim Akram took to Twitter to express his disappointment at Mohammad Amir's sudden decision.
"To me, Mohammad Amir resigning from Test cricket is a bit surprising because you peak at 27-28 and Test cricket is the place you are judged against the best, it's the ultimate format. Pakistan will require him in two Tests in Australia and after that three in England.
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) July 26, 2019
Amir played just 36 Tests, taking 119 wickets at an average of 30.47, playing for Pakistan.