December 4, 2023

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 05: Mohammad Amir of Pakistan celebrates taking the wicket of David Warner of Australia during game two of the International Twenty20 series between Australia and Pakistan at Manuka Oval on November 05, 2019 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq believes that the sudden retirement of pacer Mohammad Amir will impact the side and added that it is “unfortunate” to see a player hanging his boots due to the issues with the country’s cricket board. Amir announced his retirement from international cricket on December 17 citing not being able to handle the mental torture he has been subjected to by the current Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) management and some former Pakistan players.

 Inzamam-ul-Haq believes that the sudden retirement of pacer Mohammad Amir will impact the side and added that it is “unfortunate” to see a player hanging his boots due to the issues with the country’s cricket board. Amir announced his retirement from international cricket on December 17 citing not being able to handle the mental torture he has been subjected to by the current Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) management and some former Pakistan players.

“Amir is a good player and his absence will affect the side. But we have other bowlers as well, who are doing well. Such incidents should not take place in Pakistan cricket and this is more important for me as compared to how it affects our bowling strength. A player should not leave cricket in such a manner, after having served Pakistan cricket, as it doesn’t look good,” Cricket Pakistan quoted Inzamam as saying.

According to the veteran batsman, both the parties should have spoken about the issues and tried to solve them before taking such a hard decision.

“If Amir had any issues with Waqar (Younis), he should have talked with Misbah (ul Haq) and if that didn’t work he should have approached the PCB. If the issue remained after this, then he had the right to take such a decision. It’s unfortunate to see a player retire just because he was unhappy with one person,” he added.

Amir had clarified that his decision to retire was not based on him being dropped for the New Zealand series, rather it was based on how some members of the PCB management kept on going about his decision to not play Test cricket.

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