Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar slam Amir's Test retirement at 27

Ross Houston
July 27, 2019

(Dunya News) - Pakistani fastest bowler Shoaib Akhtar expressed disappointment over the news of Mohammad Amir's retirement from the Test format saying that it was time for Amir to pay back Pakistan after spot-fixing ban.

Left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir shocked the cricket world by announcing his retirement from Test cricket at the age of 27. "Pakistan will need him in two Tests in Australia and then three in England", said Akram, who holds the record for most number of wickets in Tests for Pakistan with 414 victims.

"But with the ICC World Test Championship commencing shortly, and Pakistan boasting some very exciting young fast bowlers, it is appropriate that I call on my time in Test cricket so that the selectors can plan accordingly".

The left-arm pacer had represented Pakistan in 36 Tests in which he had amassed 119 wickets at an average of 30.48. Besides being dismissive of the greatest format that makes stars & legends his decision is clearly not in in line with the needs of Pak ckt which is desperately looking to reboot test cricket.

His Test career was marred by his five-year ban for his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal in the Test series against England in 2010.

Commenting on his retirement, Akhtar said: "I am thoroughly disappointed that Amir has retired at the age where players are at the peak of their careers".

"All these players just want to be the T20 bowlers".

On Friday, Amir bid adieu to Test cricket, saying he wants to focus on white-ball cricket for Pakistan.

"Playing for Pakistan remains my ultimate desire and objective, and I will try my best to be in the best physical shape to contribute in the team's upcoming challenges, including next year's T20 World Cup". Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, all these players want to play only in the T20s. He became a national hero once again, as his three-wicket haul against India in the finals of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 helped Pakistan lift the trophy for the first time, ushering in a new era in their cricket. Playing in the ODIs also seems to be a big task for them. Amir last played a Test match in January 2019 against South Africa.

The fast bowler also expressed gratitude to his teammates, opponents, and Pakistan cricket board for providing him with the opportunity to play red-ball cricket. "The Pakistan Cricket Board and team management in West Indies is now investigating as to who is responsible for leaking out this private discussion", a report in Pakistan said. He wrote in a tweet, "Amir white flagging Test Cricket at 27 is disappointing".

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