Ex-cricketers surprised on Amir's Test retirement

Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir’s announcement to quit red-ball cricket gave shock to the former cricketers as some of them believes that it’s too early to take such decision.

The legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram has labelled Amir’s decision as ‘bit surprising’ and  emphasized that Pakistan would need him during the upcoming important tours to England and Australia.

“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”.

While Shoaib Akhtar expressed his disappointment over the 27-year-old pacer’s decision to quit Test cricket. He said that he is fully disappointed with the decision and added that he wouldn’t select players who quit red-ball cricket to focus on ODIs and T20Is had he been the selector.

The Rawalpindi express further added Amir’s retirement from Test cricket could encourage many such moves from fellow Pakistan pacers, including Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali.

“Amir’s retirement could be followed by Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz and Juanid Khan’s retirement. It is beyond my understanding what is wrong with the Pakistan team. How could Amir retire at the age of 27?.” Akhtar said on his YouTube channel.

On the other hand, Shahid Afridi thinks that Amir has taken the right decision. The 39-year-old took to Twitter to congratulate him on his career.

“I think you have taken a good decision, you can play white ball cricket for many years and serve Pakistan cricket,” Afridi Tweeted.