KARACHI: Pakistani pacer Mohammed Amir said national team players were afraid of asking for a break when they felt they were abandoned due to a “communication gap” with the team’s management.
Amir, who retired from Test cricket to enhance his career in shorter forms, said communication and understanding between players and management should be good.
“The problem is that if a player dares to say that he wants to rest in Pakistan cricket, he is dropped, so the players are now afraid to talk to the management about it,” he told News One Channel.
“In Pakistan cricket, there is a fear of players being left out of the team. I think this communication gap between the players and the management should be eliminated.
“If a player wants to take a break he should be happy to talk to management about it and they should understand his point of view and rest him instead of leaving the team,” he said.
Amir, who has been ruled out of the ongoing New Zealand tour, reiterated that his decision to retire from Test cricket last year has been turned into an unwanted controversy.
“Mickey Arthur was our head coach and anyone could ask for it. I was telling him from 2017 that if I can’t handle my workload, I have to quit Test cricket,” he asserted.
“After I announced my decision, nobody talked to me about it for six months and the only controversy around my decision was when we lost in Australia.
“… people have no common sense to understand the situation I was in after I returned to cricket after a five-year ban,” he said, referring to the spot-fixing ban he served.
Aamir said that people have failed to understand their predicament when they return to cricket after bans without any training.
“I keep telling the team physics to handle the problems I’m having with my eyes, knees and shoulders, and to keep up with my workload that no one has ever heard of,” he alleged.
“I played in the first game of the World Cup after getting cramps and painkillers.
“Only when I knew my body couldn’t take it, I decided to retire from Test cricket and I had to do something to further my career. So I decided to quit Test Cricket to further my career.”
Amir lamented that the spot-fixing stigma is constantly being assessed.
“Yes, what happened in 2010 was wrong and I paid for it by quitting cricket for five years, so I couldn’t even play club matches. But people still tend to judge you, not at all.
“I think only God has the power to make a judgment and I believe it is right if your conscience is clear. But in Pakistan cricket there is more negativity than positivity,” he said.

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