Three Fast bowlers are probably going to retire from test cricket, Says Shoaib Akhter
One of the fastest bowler of the world and ex pakistani player the Rawalpindi Express Shoaib Akhter in an interview said that it is a very bad news of hearing a fast bowler retiring from test cricket at the age of 27. He also said that the other fast bowlers like Hassan Ali, Wahab Riaz and Junaid Khan will probably retired soon after this. Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir announced his retirement from Test cricket on Friday. The 27-year-old left-arm pacer said he wants to quite red-ball cricket in order to focus on the shorter formats of the game.
Akhtar said it was time for Amir to pay back Pakistan cricket for investing in him, especially after comeback from spot-fixing ban. Akhtar maintained that his decision was a representation of the current mentality of the players, and that his disappointment stems from the fact that he believes Amir owed his country something in return after they invested in him on his retrun from his spot-fixing ban.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Akhtar said: "I am thoroughly disappointed that Amir has retired at the age where players are at the peak of their careers.
Mohammad Amir announced his retirement from Tests on Friday. It was time for Amir to pay back Pakistan. In a time where Pakistan's run in Test matches is so poor, Amir was needed to deliver for his side and help them win some series. I had helped Pakistan win series in England and New Zealand despite knee injuries. 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.
Mohammad Amir retirement could be followed by Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz and Junaid Khan's retirement. Amir, Wahab, Ali, all these players want to play only in the T20s. Playing in the ODIs also seems to be a huge task for them. If I were part of the Pakistan selection board, I would have not allowed these boys to play T20s. There are times when you should make money but this is the time when Pakistan needs you. I request the board to look into the matter. Amir is just 27 and his retirement shows us the mentality of the players.
I think this is the time for Pakistan PM Imran Khan to look into the matter to bring dynamic and energetic people.
Nevertheless, Amir played 36 Tests for Pakistan and took 119 wickets at an average of 30.47.