Pakistan young fast bowler Mohammad Amir recently announced his retirement from test cricket with immediate effect. Test cricket which is known as pinnacle when compared to other forms of cricket where real cricket stars are made because of their constant efforts and hard work.
Mohammad Amir who is just 27 years of age and had a start stop career because of his involvement in alleged spot fixing scam which results in a 5 year ban on him. Mohammad Amir first betrayed Pakistan cricket when he got indulged in spot fixing and now once again attraction of lucrative T20 leagues around the globe made Amir to show his back to Pakistan cricket and may be his real face.
Mohammad Amir made announcement in a video and tried to gather sympathy of fans that always backed him even in days when he was banned from cricket or not in wicket taking form as he was during the past year or two.
At just 27 Mohammad Amir complaining about the fatigue and wear & tear in his body but he never tried to manage his work load by not playing T20 leagues. Since his comeback Mohammad Amir has chosen to play for as many as 5 teams Chittagong Vikings, Dhaka Dynamites, Karachi Kings, Maratha Arabians and Essex.
Mohammad Amir in his video message highlighting the shorter career span of fast bowlers but this just looks a lame excuse from a player who doesn’t want to work hard. Amir is not an express bowler who bowls with speed of over 150kph, he is a medium pacer and his body doesn’t get the same wear and tear what Shoaib Akhtar and Brett Lee face in their prime.
PCB and fans supported Mohammad Amir when he was in great need. Why does it take too long for Mohammad Amir to realize that his 5 year absence from competitive cricket doesn’t work for his body, Amir only realizes it after enjoying category A of central contract where he got 0.8 million per month salary other than the allowances/ match fees which has given him the financial stability that he requires after bad time.
Wasim Akram played years for Pakistan despite of diabetes. Javed Miandad played most of his cricket with back pain. There were many other examples of players who beat the odds and played cricket for longer periods only because of their love for the nation which is now missing in Mohammad Amir.
Mohammad Amir should have realized that whatever he is today is because of Pakistan, had PCB and Pakistani people not accepted him back after his spot fixing scandal he wasn’t able to catch the limelight again in international cricket.
It is high time that PCB should thank Mohammad Amir for his services and look out for new blood who will be ready to play for Pakistan with conviction. Also needs to work out a strategy that doesn’t allow any of centrally contacted players in any league so that they can understand the worth of playing for a country and also consider the fact that if they want to earn bread and butter for their families they need to give priority to Pakistan.