Former Pakistan cricket team captain Shahid Afridi has weighed in on Mohammad Amir's early retirement, saying that the dispute between coaches and the fast-bowler is part of Pakistan cricket's old tradition. He cited the example of his dispute with Waqar Younis. "Put an end to this scary environment in the dressing room, these very players will win you matches", Amir was quoted as saying in Times Now.
"If it was about performance then why was I dropped the next day after taking 21 wickets in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL)?" the bowler asked. "They suggest me to come back after giving performance in domestic cricket, I'll suggest them to first correct their own performances", he said.
Following the exclusion, Malik had stayed on but Amir had announced his retirement from worldwide cricket.
The all-rounder, while speaking to the media in Lahore, said that disputes between him and the current bowling coach Waqar Younis were not "hidden".
Amir said he is not urging the PCB to sack anyone as it is up to the board. The speedster hung his boots from all forms of worldwide cricket on December 2020, alleging the PCB of mentally torturing him.
Amir also took a dig at coaches for the recent series losses against New Zealand.
"It is unfortunate that he gave such a statement and the way he made the exit from (international) cricket".
Waqar also said that he felt "sad" after reading Amir's statements about him and insisted that the left-arm pacer was dropped for the New Zealand tour because of poor form and fitness.
"I did not say anything wrong, I only said the truth".
"Look where have they brought the team".
Misbah had said that Shoaib's exclusion was a "strategic decision" as they wanted to give players like Abdullah Shafiq, Haider Ali and Khushdil Shah better chances.
"I waited for five years to resume playing cricket and when I didn't lose courage and patience then do you think I will do now just because I am not performing well", Amir said.