Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has slammed Mohammad Amir for his decision to quit Test cricket. Despite loads of talent, the 27-year-old pacer has been unexpectedly decided to retire from Test cricket on Friday.
Akhtar said he is thoroughly disappointed with the decision and added that he wouldn't select players who quit red-ball cricket to focus on ODIs and T20Is had he been the selector. Shoaib Akhtar also said Amir's retirement from Tests could trigger many such moves from fellow Pakistan pacers, including Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali.
" I don't understand what is happening with the Pakistan team. How could Mohammad Amir retire at the age of 27? Pakistan has invested so much on him and brought him out of the match-fixing scandal to the national side and is trying to give him chances. Now that he was in good form, he has retired," Akhtar said on his YouTube channel.
"I am thoroughly disappointed that Amir has retired at the age where players are at the peak of their careers. It was time for Amir to pay back Pakistan. I had helped Pakistan win series in England and New Zealand despite knee injuries,” he said.