I Was Suffering From Mental Pressure: Pakistan Pace Ace Mohammad Amir

Former Pakistan pace ace and one of the most promising talents in the world Mohammad Amir had a career marred with controversy and finally called it quits last year after not getting the respect he deserved from the team management. Amir picked 119 wickets in 36 Tests for Pakistan at an average of 30.47 and strike rate of 64. He retired from international cricket in December 2020 when he was just 28 and largely blamed the head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis for his sudden and surprising decision.

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Amir stated that he was subjected to a lot of mental harassment and there was a massive communication gap between him and the team management which affected his mental health and performance.

“Yes, I was suffering from mental pressure, and I would be very surprised if I was the only one who has gone through this. Some players are too frightened to do anything about it or speak up about it because there are a lot of things which are outside the control of players. If the team management isn’t giving a player any respect, then that is going to affect the player,” said Amir.

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“When there is a communication gap between the team management and the players then things will head in the wrong direction. There was a big communication gap between the management and I, and this was very badly handled and really affected me and my mental health,” he added.

Amir also represented Pakistan in 61 ODIs and 50 T20Is in which he returned with 81 and 59 wickets respectively.

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