Will Mohammad Amir take back his retirement?

The left-arm pacer trained at the NHPC in Lahore on Friday

December 30, 2022
Mohammad Amir took retirement from international cricket in 2020 — AFP 

Former Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir has said he is not thinking about taking back his retirement but said he will play for the national side if God wills.

In 2020, Amir took retirement from international cricket, citing injustice against him by the then head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis.

The left-arm pacer trained at the National High Performance Centre (NHPC) in Lahore after taking permission from the chairman of the newly appointed Management Committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Najam Sethi.

"As I wanted to train before the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), I asked for permission to train at the NHPC from Najam Sethi, who thankfully allowed me to play here," said Amir.

"I haven't thought about withdrawing my retirement as I am only focused on Pakistan Super League (PSL) now. If God wills, Mohammad Amir will play for Pakistan again," he added. 

Earlier, sources had confirmed Geo News that if the ex-PCB chairman Ramiz Raja had resigned, then Amir was expected to come out of retirement.

Amir didn't take back his retirement due to Raja's tough stance and no-tolerance policy regarding fixers.

The pacer had stated that he would take back his retirement after the departure of the then coaches, Waqar Younis and Misbah-ul-Haq.

It is worth mentioning here that on August 28, 2010, Amir's exciting young career came to an abrupt halt when he was caught bowling deliberate no-balls at Lord's, set up by a British newspaper sting.

The 18-year-old, his new-ball partner Mohammad Asif and Pakistan captain Salman Butt were banned from cricket for five years and handed jail sentences.

Amir, by far the youngest of the three, received widespread sympathy and he was granted a return to international cricket in 2016.

Amir represented Pakistan in 26 Tests, 61 ODIs, and 50 T20Is.

Now that Raja has been dismissed and considering his good relations with Sethi, the 30-year-old pacer might make a return to the national side.

It must be noted that Pakistan cricket chief Ramiz Raja was sacked just days after the national team suffered a humiliating first-ever 3-0 home series whitewash at the hands of England, according to a government notice.

But a change had been on the cards since April, when Imran Khan — a former national captain — was ousted as prime minister and replaced by Shehbaz Sharif.

Raja, a member of Khan's 1992 World Cup-winning side, was appointed chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in September last year.

A government notice seen by AFP said Sharif´s cabinet had dismissed Raja, and the PCB would now be run by a 14-member committee headed by Najam Sethi, who has twice served as chairman.

The committee also includes legendary all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who is a former captain of the men's team.

The government notice also said the current constitution of the board has been scrapped, and one dating from 2014 revived.

The committee will have 120 days to change the constitution and elect a new chairman.

Khan came under fire for changing the PCB´s constitution in 2019 — in particular for abolishing the role of government departments and private entities in first-class cricket, leaving hundreds unemployed.

However, in his tweet, Sethi said "thousands of cricketers will be employed again".

"The famine in cricket will come to an end," he added.

Sohail Imran is a senior reporter for Geo News.