Amir’s retirement stuns Wasim

Wahab, Hasan next to quit: Akhtar Tests after Amir



Untimely and sudden announcement about retiring from Test Cricket by fast-bowler Mohammad Amir has stunned the former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram. Amir, regarded as one of the best left-arm pacers after Wasim, announced his retirement from Test cricket on Friday, but said he would continue to play ODIs and T20s for his country.

In a message sent out to his 4.9 million followers on Twitter, Wasim said Amir’s retirement was a bit surprising as the 27-year-old paceman was retiring at an age where most fast-bowlers peak in their careers. To me Mohammad Amir retiring from Test cricket is a bit surprising because you peak at 27-28, Wasim said in his tweet. Nine years after a spot-fixing ban briefly halted his burgeoning career, Amir, who took 119 wickets in his 36-match Test career, said he wanted to move away from the traditional format to concentrate on white ball cricket.

Former Pakistan fast-bowler Shoaib Akhtar has questioned the retirement of paceman Mohammad Amir from Test cricket, asking if Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali will also follow soon in his footsteps. In a video posted on his Youtube page, the ‘Rawalpindi Express’ said Amir was taking his retirement at a very young age of 27. What I find as troubling news is that perhaps Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, and Junaid Khan will follow suit and take retirement. What is happening with the Pakistan team? asked Shoaib Akhtar.

How can 27-year-old Mohammad Amir retire? When Pakistan has invested so much in him, when they got him out of match-fixing (scandal) and brought him back (to the national team), now that he has returned to form, he is taking retirement now? This is beyond my comprehension! he said. Akhtar claimed the young breed of Pakistani fast-bowlers – Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir – only wanted to play Twenty20 cricket, and did not even want to play one-day internationals.

I’m thoroughly disappointed today that, when my peak came at 27, you have retired. I am really, really disappointed. This was the time for payback. When Pakistan is almost dead in Test cricket, you had to put in the effort. You had to deliver for the country and help them win series, said the former cricketer, who was one of the most feared fast-bowlers of his time. Akhtar said it wasn’t just Mohammad Amir’s retirement that troubled him, but he saw three to four other fast-bowlers also leaving the longer format of the game.

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