Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal claims that Mohammad Amir set up a bad example by taking retirement from Test cricket at a young age.
In an interview with a local media outlet, Akmal said that he was surprised because Amir could have had a long Test career.
I was surprised to see Amir announce his retirement from Test cricket because I think he should have at least played for another five to six years. Amir taking retirement at the age of 27 is bad news for Pakistan cricket and this will set a bad example for young local cricketers.
Kamran further added that PCB has also set a dangerous precedent by selecting players on the basis on PSL performances.
Selecting players on performance-based in PSL and increase in T20 leagues around the world is encouraging cricketers to focus on T20 cricket rather than putting in the hard yards in domestic four-day cricket. I’m sure more players will soon announce retirement from Test cricket as well.
Building on his point, Akmal further pointed out flaws in PCB’s selection policies.
It is disappointing to be out of the national side despite my performance in domestic cricket — which is the main criteria of selection. Players who have not even played domestic cricket for two to three years are getting regular chances to play for Pakistan.
Unnecessary experimentation is hurting Pakistan cricket, which is evident from our position in the Test and ODI arena. I hope the new selection committee and PCB ensures that, in the future, the deserving players get the chance to play for Pakistan.
Speaking about his cricket, Akmal said that he will continue to play cricket in the domestic circuit and will hope for a comeback.
I will continue to play until and unless my form deserts me and I’m no longer fit enough to play. The example of Younis Khan and Misbahul Haq is in front of us as they contributed for Pakistan despite being in their late 30s and early 40s.