Pacer Mohammad Amir blamed Pakistani team management for its decision to quit international cricket at the age of 28 and beat up coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis for “spoiling” its image.
Amir made it clear on his official Youtube channel that his problem lay with Misbah and Younis.
“These people tried to slowly poison people’s minds by saying that I didn’t want to play test cricket and just wanted to play in T20 leagues to make money. They created a narrative that, despite investing in me, I failed, ”said Amir.
“You tried to spoil my image and it takes a lot of hard work to build your image. It was a very difficult decision for me, but I think the time has come when you shouldn’t be silent. I made this decision to address this issue and let people know what is happening, ”he added.
Amir said he made himself available for the two ball formats after retiring from Test Cricket, but they have ignored him despite good performances since last year when current management took over.
“Obviously I was very injured when they didn’t pick me out of 35 players for New Zealand. If I had only cared about playing in leagues, I would not feel bad about being dropped for the New Zealand tour, nor would I have reacted, ”he said.
Amir said the biggest problem with current team management is that every time he took a break he found out about it through social media.
“They say they have nothing personal against me, but they haven’t had the courtesy to tell me directly as a senior player that they are dropping me or that they have me in their plans. That’s how things are done. ”
Amir said he had “tolerated the negative narrative” against him from management since last year.
“What services are you talking about? I’ve had a PSL hat trick since I came back. I played well in the Asia Cup and the Champions Trophy. I was the top wicket taker at the World Cup last year despite playing with a shoulder problem.
“I’m still in the ICC bowler rankings. I’ve given performances in leagues. What else can I do? “Said Amir.
Amir also beat back his critics for reminding him of his involvement in the 2010 Spotfixing scandal, saying he paid for his mistake.
“Yes, I know that and I apologized to everyone for my actions. I also faced the consequences of my actions. But I am not weak. I came back and faced everyone and just tried to do my best for Pakistan, ”he said.
The player said he was surprised at how some people might “judge” his retirement from Test Cricket “without knowing anything about him”.
“When did I say I would rather play in leagues than for Pakistan. But if you are not selected for the national team what can I do other than play in leagues and prove myself to everyone, ”added the former Pakistani pacer.
Amir made it clear that he couldn’t have played with the current management or system.
“I have my self-respect and I cannot compromise here. I believe in giving respect, getting respect, ”he said off.