Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has announced his retirement from international cricket.
Amir, 28, said he was ‘mentally tortured’ by Pakistan teammates and coaches, the national board, and by opponents wherever he played.
Amir was referring to his five-year ban from international cricket in 2010 after being found guilty of spot-fixing.
Pakistan Cricket Board chief executive Wasim Khan said: ‘He has no desires or intentions of playing international cricket and, as such, he should not be considered for future international matches.
‘This is a personal decision of Mohammad Amir, which the PCB respects and, as such, will not make any further comment on this matter at this stage.’
‘I am leaving cricket for now because I’m being mentally tortured,’ Amir told Samaa TV. ‘I don’t think I can bear such torture.
‘I’ve borne lots of torture from 2010 to 2015, for which I served my time. I’ve been tortured by being told the PCB invested a lot in me. I’ll just say two people invested in me a lot: Najam Sethi [former PCB chairman] and Shahid Afridi [former Pakistan captain]. They were the only two. The rest of the team was saying we don’t want to play with Amir.
‘Recently, the atmosphere that’s been created means I get taunted all the time by being told I don’t want to play for my country. Every two months, someone says something against me. Sometimes the bowling coach [Waqar Younis] says Amir ditched us, sometimes I’m told my workload is unsatisfactory. Enough is enough.’