Mohammad Amir Announces his Retirement from International Cricket

Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir

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Pakistan left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir announced his retirement from international cricket on Thursday(17-12-2020). Earlier in 2019, Mohammad Amir announced his retirement from Test Cricket in July 2019. He played a total of 36 tests since his debut in 2009.

Mohammad Amir Debut

T20I

Amir made his debut in 2009 ICC World Twenty20 against England on 7 June, when he was just 17 years old. He took his first international wicket on his very second ball and conceded only 1 run in his first over.

ODI

After his successful World Twenty20 tournament, he made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka on 30 July 2009, taking 3 wickets and also scoring 23 runs. In an ODI game against New Zealand, he scored 73*, batting at number 10 which was a world record at that time.

Test

He made his test debut in July 2009 against Sri Lanka. In his first Test against Sri Lanka, he took 6 wickets, and later against Australia, he led his team to the victory, which was Pakistan’s sole Test victory against the men from Down Under in 15 years.

He took 7 wickets in the match and awarded Man of the match. Amir became the youngest bowler to reach 50 wickets in Test cricket. Mohammad Amir announced his test retirement in July 2019 inorder to focus on limited over format.

Reason for Amir’s ban from cricket

However, his career faced a downward spiral when he was banned for five years over his involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal during the tour of England in 2010.

In August 2010, the English newspaper published allegations that Amir and fellow bowler Mohammad Asif deliberately bowled no-balls during Pakistan’s 2010 tour of England in return for payment from a betting syndicate.

Amir’s Carrier After the Ban

On 29 January 2015, ICC gave him permission to play domestic cricket before the official expiration of the ban. As a result, Chittagong Vikings signed him for the 2015 Bangladesh Premier League.

He was also acquired by Karachi Kings in Pakistan Super League and took a hat-trick in 2016. Amir also represented Essex in the 2017 English county season.

International comeback

Amir made his comeback to international cricket in the tour of New Zealand in 2016 where he finished with 5 wickets in 2 matches. 2016 Asia Cup was a turning point in Amir’s career as he was the pick of the bowlers.

His best performance came against India when he reduced the Men in Blue to 8 for 3 while defending just 83 runs. Virat Kohli was so impressed with his performance that he gifted his bat to Amir after the game.

2017 Champions Trophy

Amir played a leading role in Pakistan’s formidable pace attack and helped the side won its maiden International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy title back in 2017. Playing in the final, he took the wicket of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and Virat Kohli in quick succession. It was his dream spell which won the trophy for his team.

2019 World Cup

In May 2019, he was named in Pakistan’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup, after PCB named their final fifteen-man squad for the tournament. On 12 June 2019, in the match against Australia, Amir took his first five-wicket haul in ODIs.

He finished the tournament as the leading wicket-taker for Pakistan, with 17 dismissals in eight matches.

Mohammad Amir Stats

Batting Stats

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 36 67 11 751 48 13.41 1980 37.92 0 0 91 3 5 0
ODIs 61 30 10 363 73* 18.15 444 81.75 0 2 32 8 8 0
T20Is 50 14 6 59 21* 7.37 72 81.94 0 0 2 3 4 0
First-class 67 102 16 1366 66 15.88 3050 44.78 0 2 168 12 15 0
List A 84 38 16 413 73* 18.77 514 80.35 0 2 37 8 13 0
T20s 175 61 28 217 21* 6.57 242 89.66 0 0 12 7 14 0

Bowling stats

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 36 67 7619 3627 119 6/44 7/64 30.47 2.85 64 6 4 0
ODIs 61 60 3013 2400 81 5/30 5/30 29.62 4.77 37.1 1 1 0
T20Is 50 50 1079 1263 59 4/13 4/13 21.4 7.02 18.2 1 0 0
First-class 67 121 12394 5850 260 7/61 10/72 22.5 2.83 47.6 11 13 2
List A 84 83 4244 3279 123 5/30 5/30 26.65 4.63 34.5 1 2 0
T20s 175 172 3838 4503 205 6/17 6/17 21.96 7.03 18.7 5 1 0