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Mohammad Amir announces indefinite break from international cricket
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Mohammad Amir announces indefinite break from international cricket

Mohammad Amir has taken an indefinite break from international cricket, citing differences with the present national team management.

The left-arm paceman was not included in Pakistan's extended 35-man squad named for the New Zealand tour after also losing a spot in the side for the preceding home series against Zimbabwe.

Amir has been quite vocal about his disappointment at the New Zealand snub, often taking to social media to pass comments at chief selector-cum-head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis.

In an interview with local journalist Shoaib Jatt, Amir explained his reasoning behind the decision to quit international cricket as being down to the 'mental torture' he was facing for having left Test cricket last year.

"It was a wake-up call for me to plan for the future when I was not named among the 35 members for the New Zealand tour. I don't think I can play cricket under the current management," a visibly frustrated Amir said.

"The treatment is akin to mental torture for me and I don't think I can handle more of this. I have already seen so much torture from 2010-2015 when I was being punished for what I did," he added.

Amir made his debut for Pakistan back in 2009 at the tender age of 17 and immediately shot to prominence for his bowling heroics. However, his promising career met a major roadblock when he was one of the three players found guilty in the spot-fixing scandal that occurred in the summer of 2010 in England.

He later made an impressive return to the Pakistan national side after serving a five-year suspension for his nefarious actions.

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