The story of Mohammad Amir is no way less than any Bollywood Commercial Masala film. From the spot-fixing saga to the match-winning spell in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Mohammad Amir’s story has everything you can get in a top-class script.
After the pacer was banned for five years in his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal, he gained a lot of public support from the fans because the teenager was an extraordinary talent and everyone wanted the pacer to make a comeback in the side.
He was asked to complete the rehabilitation program and play no cricket for almost five-years. In 2016, Amir’s ban was completed and he was allowed to take part in domestic cricket.
The pacer looked the same bowler when he returned to domestic cricket and everybody started running separate campaigns for the paceman on social media.
Amir also faced problems when many senior players refused to play alongside him in the squad. Famous cricketer and commentator Ramiz Raja also wanted Amir to be side-lined from the national team.
The matter was resolved somehow and Mohammad Amir finally made his comeback in the T20I series against New Zealand in 2016.
He was picked in the Test side of Pakistan that toured England in the same year and Mohammad Amir returned with a magical comeback on the same ground where he last played for Pakistan in 2010.
Amir’s fiery spell at the Lord’s cricket stadium in 2016 had well and truly justified the inclusion of the youngster who was making a comeback to international cricket after a gap of five years.
Amir became a regular member of the side after that series and was picked in almost every format for future series’. After some time, the pace and line length of Mohammad Amir was slowly taking a dip towards the end of 2019.
He was also not included in the initial squad of the ICC World Cup 2019. Once again, the fans were furious at Mohammad Amir’s exclusion from the squad though, the performance of the pacer was also not encouraging enough.
Junaid Khan and Faheem Ashraf were later sent back home and Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz joined the flight to take part in the ICC World Cup 2019. Because of the pressure from the fans, Amir once again found his place in the national team to take part in the ICC World Cup 2019.
Amir performed to the best of expectations and ended the tournament as the leading wicket-taker for Pakistan. Pakistan couldn’t participate in the semi-final of the World Cup and the paceman returned back home with the team.
After a couple of months, Amir came up with a shocking announcement as he took retirement from the longest format of the game. Amir said that he was not feeling comfortable enough to continue in the Test matches for Pakistan and he is announcing his retirement from Tests.
The announcement shocked many fans and it is fair to say that for the first time in Amir’s career, fans were furious with his decision.
These fans were standing alongside Mohammad Amir even after his involvement in corrupt activity. But right now, after being dropped from the T20I squad of Pakistan against Bangladesh, Mohammad Amir took a jibe at the selection committee of Pakistan by Tweeting a controversial message.
Famous TV Anchor and Sports Journalist Zainab Abbas was reviewing Pakistan’s squad and she questioned the exclusion of Mohammad Amir in the squad. To which Amir replied with ‘Reason Test Cricket’.
He later deleted the tweet but the screenshots of his tweet are now viral on the internet. The same Mohammad Amir is now facing backlash from the same fans that were standing alongside him even after the spot-fixing scandal in 2010.
Mohammad Amir was playing in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) recently and he was performing extremely well for his team.
The Chief Selector and the Head Coach Misbah-ul-Haq stated that the young pace bowlers need opportunities in order to be groomed for the next year’s ICC T20 World Cup in Australia.
For this reason, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Irfan are left out of the squad. Fans on Twitter are furious over Mohammad Amir’s controversial tweet and some of them are praising the selection committee for teaching the pacer a well-deserved lesson.