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Mohammad Amir available for Pakistan ‘once this management leaves’

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Mohammad Amir has said that he “will be available for Pakistan only once this management leaves”.

The left-arm quick announced his retirement from international cricket last December following the deterioration of his relationship with figures in the PCB and his omission from the touring party to visit New Zealand; the 28-year-old claimed that he had been “mentally tortured” by the team management.

Last week, Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq was quoted by ESPNcricinfo as saying that the Amir was dropped by Pakistan last year “on the basis of his performance”.

“I have no idea why he made up everything and tried to give this whole scenario a context that is out of proportion,” added Misbah. “For him, it was a simple method: go back and prove his form and get back in the team and everything else is irrelevant.”

Amir took to Twitter on Monday to suggest that he could still make himself available for a return to international cricket, though changes will have to be rung in the PCB for him to make such a u-turn.

“I would like to clarify that yes I will be available for Pakistan only once this management leaves,” wrote Amir.

After making his debut in 2009, Amir went on to take 259 international wickets, helping Pakistan win the 2009 World T20 and 2017 Champions Trophy.

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