Wasim, Waqar surprised at Mohammad Amir’s retirement from Tests

The former Pakistan captain says one peaks at the age Amir was retiring.

Mohammad Amir wishes to focus on white-ball cricket for Pakistan.   -  AP

Wasim Akram, the former Pakistan captain and fast bowler, has expressed disappointment at the 27-year-old Mohammad Amir’s decision to retire from Test cricket.

Akram expressed his opinion on Twitter. He said, “To me, Mohammad Amir retiring from Test cricket is a bit surprising because you peak at 27-28 and Test cricket is where you are judged against the best, it’s the ultimate format.”

According to Akram, Pakistan could have used Amir's services for the Tests in Pakistan’s tour of Australia later this year, and in England next year.

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Shoaib Akthar made his disappointment known on his YouTube channel.

“It was Amir’s time to pay back to Pakistan cricket. If I was 27, I would love to play Test cricket. It is the ultimate test for a cricketer. Amir should have carried on and helped Pakistan win Tests, a format in which the team is struggling,” the pace legend said.

Former captain Waqar Younis posted a rather cryptic tweet in his reaction to Amir’s retirement.

“All the best with your white ball cricket,” he wrote tagging Amir.



Ramiz Raja, also a former captain, echoed Akram’s opinion.



He wrote in a tweet, “Amir white flagging Test Cricket at 27 is disappointing. Besides being dismissive of the greatest format that makes stars & legends his decision is clearly not in in line with the needs of [Pakistan cricket] which is desperately looking to reboot test cricket. Was time to repay & not eject (sic).”

On Friday, Amir bid adieu to Test cricket. He said he wished to focus on limited-overs cricket for Pakistan.

The left-arm pacer had made his Test debut in Galle against Sri Lanka in 2009. He featured in 36 Tests, taking 119 wickets at an average of 30.47.