Pakistan greats including Ramiz Raja, Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar have slammed Mohammad Amir’s decision to retire the longest format of the game at the age of 27.
Thank you PCB, our PM @ImranKhanPTI @wasimakramlive bhi @SAfridiOfficial bhi @waqyounis99 & @yousaf1788. Thank you and my fans for always supporting me and I hope you all will support my this decision also.see video link https://t.co/BbAYzPbncl
— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) July 26, 2019
The Left-arm Pakistan pacer announced his retirement from Test cricket on Friday having played 36 Tests. However, he will continue playing white-ball cricket for his country.
Former skipper Rameez Raja was not impressed by Amir’s decision. He tweeted:
Amir white flagging Test Cricket at 27 is disappointing. Besides being dismissive of the greatest format that makes stars & legends his decision is clearly not in in line with the needs of Pak ckt which is desperately looking to reboot test cricket. Was time to repay & not eject.
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) July 26, 2019
Wasim Akram took to twitter to express his views:
To me Mohammad Amir retiring from Test cricket is a bit surprising because you peak at 27-28 and Test cricket is where you are judged against the best, it’s the ultimate format. Pakistan will need him in two Tests in Australia and then three in England.
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) July 26, 2019
Pace legend Shoaib Akhtar has criticised Amir on his YouTube channel.
Amir, who made his Test debut as a 17-year-old in July 2009 – claimed 119 wickets in 36 Tests at an average of 30.47.