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Legendary Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar has lashed out at left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir for retiring from Test cricket so suddenly.
The 27-year-old announced that he would be walking away from the longest format of the game in order to focus on limited overs cricket.
While most people were surprised by his decision, Akhtar was less than impressed by it.
“I am thoroughly disappointed that Amir has retired at the age where players are at the peak of their careers,” he said on his YouTube channel as quoted by PakPassion. “It was time for Amir to pay back Pakistan. In a time where Pakistan’s run in Test matches is so poor, Amir was needed to deliver for his side and help them win some series. I had helped Pakistan win series in England and New Zealand despite [having] knee injuries.
“If I were part of the Pakistan selection board, I would have not allowed these boys to play in any of the formats. There are times when you should make money but this is the time when Pakistan needs you.”