Mohammad Amir has no desire to play for Pakistan anymore and we respect his decision, says PCB CEO Wasim Khan

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday confirmed that they had spoken to pacer Mohammad Amir, who has reiterated his decision to ‘not be considered for future international matches for Pakistan’.

“Pakistan Cricket Board chief executive Wasim Khan spoke with Mohammad Amir this afternoon following reports that the fast bowler had announced his retirement from international cricket.

“The 29-year-old confirmed to the PCB chief executive that he has no desires or intensions of playing international cricket and as such, he should not be considered for future international matches.

“This is a personal decision of Mohammad Amir, which the PCB respects, and as such, will not make any further comment on this matter at this stage,” PCB said in a statement on Thursday.

Mohammad Amir on Thursday was seen speaking in a video where he had said that he would quit international cricket, adding that he has undergone “mental torture” due to the way he has been treated by the senior national team management.

Amir, who announced retirement from Tests in June 2019 over workload issues, said he doesn’t want to play under the current Pakistan team management. Amir pointed out that he got a “wake up call” when he was left out of the Pakistan squad for the ongoing limited-overs series in New Zealand.

I am being tortured mentally, says Amir

“No, I am not going away from cricket. If you have seen the way the atmosphere over here and the way I have been sidelined. I got a wake-up call there when I was not selected in 35 boys. If I don’t get selected in 35-member squad, then it means to wake up call for me,” Amir said in a video shared by Pakistan journalist Shoaib Jatt on social media.

“I don’t think I can play cricket under this management. I think I should leave cricket this time. I am being tortured mentally.

“I don’t think I can tolerate any more torture now. I have seen a lot of torture from 2010 to 2015. I was away from the game and sentenced for my mistake,” Amir said.

Mohammad Amir, after being left out of the Pakistan squad, went to Sri Lanka to feature in the inaugural edition of Lanka Premier League. The left-arm pacer came up with match-winning performances, picking up 11 wickets for Galle Gladiators who finished runners-up.

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