Pakistan star Mohammad Amir has announced his retirement from international cricket, claiming he was being “tortured mentally” by his national team’s management.
Amir, 28, was omitted from Pakistan’s touring squad of New Zealand and he has since gone on to star in Sri Lanka’s T20 competition.
Amir had already retired from Test cricket last year because of workload issues.
But the final straw appears to have been when the fast bowler was not even rated among the top 35 players in his country.
“No, I am not going away from cricket,” Amir said in a video shared by Pakistan journalist Shoaib Jatt.
“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.
“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.”
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Amir has had a chequered career in the game.
He burst onto the Test scene as a 17-year-old phenom, taking wickets for fun with his left arm swing.
But it all came crashing down in 2010 when he was banned for five years for his involvement in the Lord’s spot fixing scandal.
“I have seen a lot of torture from 2010 to 2015,” Amir said.
“I was away from the game and sentenced for my mistake.
“I am being tortured again.”
Amir took 119 wickets from 36 Tests.