Former cricketers and analysts have not been able to digest the fact that 27-year-old speedster Mohammad Amir called it quits in the red-ball format of the game after playing just 36 matches for Pakistan. Amir had performed exceptionally well for the national side after a comeback from the match-fixing scandal that saw him sit out of the game for more than a year.
Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram was surprised with Amir's sudden decision to retire from the longer format of the game. Akram said that the peak of one's Test career is reached at the age of 27 and that the longer format of the game was the ultimate format to perform in. He further stressed that Pakistan will need Amir in the upcoming tests against Australia and England.
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Indian commentator and analyst Harsha Bhogle pointed out that Amir's retirement largely stemmed from the off-field influences that waylaid his Test career. He said that Amir was a gifted bowler and that his choices off the field made an impact on his on-field career. He further said that Amir's Test career was defined by what it would have been rather than what it was.
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Earlier, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar also hit out at Amir for the sudden retirement and said that he was disappointed with the bowler's decision as he had just made a comeback to the team after the match-fixing scandal and was setting a pretext for other bowlers such as Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, and Hasan Ali to follow his footsteps. He further alleged that younger players preferred to play only the shorter formats of the game and were largely moving away from playing Test cricket.