Wasim Akram bashes Amir for premature Test retirement


Pakistan’s former prolific pacer Wasim Akram bashed Mohammad Amir for his Test retirement before all-important Australia series.

Following Pakistan’s struggling phase with the bowl against mighty Australians, Akram shared his views with a sports website and pointed out an inexperienced bowling attack of the green shirts.

He thinks that Amir and his teammate Wahab Riaz should have played this tough series to provide Pakistan a strong start to ICC Test Championship.

“What really happened was two of our premium bowlers just retired from Test cricket,

“Wahab Riaz, I’m all for him, he’s 35 years of age, ok he retired from Test cricket fair enough. But Amir’s retirement at 27 was surprising.┬áIf I was the PCB, I wouldn’t have given him a central contract because he retired a month ago,” Akram said.

The cricketer-turned-commentator highlighted that both the cricketers ran behind money by playing leagues all around the world.

“Both of them knew this tour would be a difficult and white ball (cricket) is easy, they thought they’ll play leagues around the world and make money. I’m all for financial gain, but most of the time the country should come first,” he maintained.

It must be noted here that Amir announced to retire from red-ball cricket immediately after World Cup 2019 while Wahab took an indefinite gap from the longer version of the game. Both the cricketers cited the fitness reasons behind their decision and wanted to focus more on white-ball cricket.