Why Muhammad Amir’s Retirement Was Inevitable?

Muhammad Amir’s Retirement was perhaps due to pressure from the PCB and fans to perform.
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A Timeline: Muhammad Amir’s Retirement

After a sea-saw career, it is probably fair to say that Muhammad Amir’s retirement was on the horizon.

Life is no fairy tale with happy endings. So as it happened, Amir has finally announced his retirement from international cricket and has refused to work further with the present management. The recent New Zealand series snub became the last straw that broke the camels’ back.

But how did it actually start and why was Muhammad Amir’s retirement decision inevitable to happen?

The Year 2016 – Return Of Amir

2016 was a period of fiery media debates as Muhammad Amir was about to complete his 5 years ban. Should Amir, Asif, and Butt be given a second chance was the central topic of all discussions?

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 17: Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir celebrates after bowling Jake Ball to win the match by 75 runs during day four of the 1st Investec Test match between England and Pakistan at Lord’s Cricket Ground on July 17, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

However, the majority of the Pakistan’s generous nation had already decided to welcome one out of three guys who were booked in a spot fixing scandal at Lord’s in 2011.

Even knowing the fact that bringing back one player would not overcome the predicament the Pakistan cricket is in, Muhammad Amir was given the chance to relive his dream. The protester’s voices might have been turned down, but they were ever present.

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Why Amir’s Retirement Was Inevitable?

Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB’s) decision to bring back Muhammad Amir was never going to be a simple proposition. The repercussion both for PCB and Muhammad Amir were inevitable. The following points delve into these reverberation:

Over Expectations:

Muhammad Amir was to bowl his first bowl in international cricket after five years. However, the spectators who were watching remembered Amir from 2011, that Amir was a nightmare for the batsmen.

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So, expectations of the public and PCB were over amplified considering the actual reality of the situation. Therefore, Amir was never ever going to be bowling at 150 km/h consistently along with dismissing the batsmen every now and then. Hence, backlashes were inevitable.

The Real Price:

BRISTOL, ENGLAND – JUNE 07: Mohammad Amir of Pakistan looks on during the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Bristol County Ground on June 07, 2019 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Although Amir had spent five years of a ban, the real price was far from over. This price came in terms of him being constantly evaluated in the media for his past choices as well as his current choices.

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Every now and then we were reminded of his past. Even though not all but a few critics were enough to scrub his wounds. The recent trend of cricket analysis on YouTube by former cricketers and analysts furthered this effect. This constant scrutiny and criticism forced him to reach this decision.

The Illlusion Of Freedom For Amir:

Muhammad Amir announced his retirement at the age of 27 from test cricket. At times, he had forgotten the fact that he no longer had the freedom of choice like others. PCB was never going to tolerate this. Hence, PCB decided to put its foot down and started snubbing Amir from all other formats as well. This further caused distress to Amir’s feelings.

Pakistan vs India Final ICC Champion Trophy 2017 


Muhammad Amir was excellent in the 2017 Champions Trophy final vs India.
Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir fields during the ICC Champions Trophy final cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Oval in London on June 18, 2017.
Title-holders India were set a target of 339 to win the Champions Trophy final against Pakistan at The Oval on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Ian KINGTON / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP via Getty Images)

Muhammad Amir, the hero of Champions Trophy 2017, has bid farewell from all formats of cricket. Amir, aged 28, has described the reason for this decision because of the snub from the present management and their demeanour. It is pertinent to mention here that it was PCB who had fought for Amir’s return in 2016 against all odds.

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However, this snub was inevitable considering PCB’s over expectations from Amir and his decision to take retirement from test cricket without talking PCB into confidence.

Furthermore, the PCB told Amir (described by Amir himself on a local TV channel) that they have no plans of considering him further. Therefore, Amir’s had no option then to protest by announcing his retirement. However, there is a good chance that Muhammad Amir’s retirement may be reversed soon.

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