Home Cricket Amir retired because PCB didn’t help Mohammad Amir: Shahid Afridi

Amir retired because PCB didn’t help Mohammad Amir: Shahid Afridi


Rarely do we come across a talent of the likes of Mohammad Amir. Even the former cricketer Imran Khan, who brought Wasim Akram to the international circuit said the left arm was even better than Wasim Akram of similar age. Unfortunately, Amir’s career was marred by the fixing scandal in 2010 which shocked the world. The seamer although made his return to the international circuit in 2015 but was never able to cement his place permanently due to issues with the coaching staff and management team. His issues with coach Misbah Ul Haq and Waqar Younis were well known in the public domain. Finally, in December 2020, Amir hung up his boots and retired from all formats of the game.

Speaking on Samaa TV, Shahid Afridi said blames PCB for not being able to handle the issue between Amir and the coaches then. “Man management is the most important thing. There is never a big issue but we have the tendency to make a mountain out of a molehill.”

Surprisingly, after the appointment of Ramiz Raja as PCB Chairman, both Misbah and Waqar resigned from the coaching positions immediately before the T20 World Cup 2021. Pakistan did well though and reached the semi-final. Afridi also spoke about Kohli Ganguly Saga and said that the BCCI should have handled the Ganguly Saga better. Afridi said, “If you communicate these things via media, there will be issues. Talk face-to-face, and we might have solutions”. The whole cricketing fraternity was surprised when they came to know different revelations from Kohli and Ganguly about the T20 captaincy step down. Where Ganguly told the media that he insisted Kohli not step down, Kohli said in his press conference that he was never insisted by anyone to stay as the T20 captain.

Coming back to Mohammad Amir, the bowler was known for his seam movement. He took 119 wickets in 36 Test matches and 81 wickets from 61 ODIs. The bowler dismantled the Indian top-order during the Champions Trophy in 2017 which helped Pakistan to win the Champions Trophy event for the first time. While Amir has hunged up his boots in December 2020, reconciliation efforts have held between PCB and Amir and with the new PCB chairman and new think tank, we may never know that Amir will be back to the men in green side.

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