Mohammad Amir’s decision to quit Test cricket at the age of 27 has not been received kindly by the cricket fraternity. Often looked up to as Pakistan’s pace bowling spearhead, Amir’s surprising announcement took the cricketing world by surprise and posed concerns over the lack of priority given to the longest format by players.
‘Rawalpindi Express’ Shoaib Akhtar has also been critical of Amir’s decision to retire from Test cricket so prematurely. With Amir playing a four-day game in England’s county circuit recently, Akhtar opined that such performances will be forgotten but it is in fact the international arena which validates a bowler’s potential.
“People’s concerns are genuine. Mohammad Amir should reconsider his retirement decision and must play Test cricket for Pakistan. Legacies are built on what you do for your country. No one remembers what you do in counties,” Akhtar claimed.