Mohammad Amir backs Jasprit Bumrah
The 28-year-old bowler Mohammad Amir announced his retirement in December 2020, has now come up with the example of Indian quick Jasprit Bumrah to explain his point.
In a conversation with Cricket Pakistan, the former speedster said that the Indian pacer received backing from the team management despite a few hiccups in his career.
“I think it is not the right mindset to look at the performance of only four or five matches. If you remember, [Jasprit] Bumrah had only one wicket in 16 matches when he was playing the Australia series but nobody questioned him because they knew that he is a match-winning bowler. That was the time they [Indian team management] should have supported him and they did that,” said Amir.
“You are given the job to help the player when he is not performing and not just discard him from the side. If it’s like this, then we should give you an entire team made up of players like Cristiano Ronaldo so that you can sit back and relax and do nothing,” he added.
Amir further spoke about his decision to retire at an early age. He said that he accessed the situation before taking the step.
“I carefully looked at all my options and assessed the situation before taking the decision about retirement. I’m enjoying cricket and spending time with my family and currently have no plans about taking back my retirement,” he said.
“If it was only about my performance, I would have never taken the decision about retirement. But their [team management] statements about me regarding my retirement from Test cricket really hurt me. I have no personal issue with them as they are my elders and legends of the game,” he added.