Left-arm Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir recently faced a backlash for quitting Test cricket. The 27-year-old bowler came up with his decision suddenly, leaving the fans and a number of former Pakistan players stunned. Shoaib Akhtar and Wasim Akram were critical of his decision saying the team needed him and he left.
Pakistan are lagging at No.7 in the ICC Test ranking at the moment and with the World Test Championship about to begin, the Asian powerhouse had hoped to make the most of the pacer who found his form in the cricket World Cup recently.
Amir played 36 Tests between 2009 and 2019 with a long period of the ban in between for a spot-fixing scandal in England in 2010. He took 119 wickets in the format at an average of 30.47 with four five-wicket hauls. He took 17 wickets in eight matches in the World Cup to be Pakistan’s most successful bowler. However, Amir thought of paving way for newcomers in Test cricket and called it quits in the format. He though will play in ODIs and T20Is.
While the fans and Pakistani experts are still not convinced with Amir’s call, new speculation has gone rife about the cricketer eyeing a British passport and settle in the United Kingdom.
“He is clearly planning to obtain a British passport and permanently settle down in England in future. With a spouse visa, he can work freely and enjoy other benefits as a permanent resident of the UK which is why he is planning to also purchase a house in England,” India Today cited reports quoting a well-informed source as saying.
Amir should leave ‘terrorist country’, said one fan
Amir himself added fuel to the speculation when on Sunday, he liked a tweet posted by an Indian fan suggesting him to leave the “terrorist country” of Pakistan. The tweet came in response to one posted by Saj Sadiq, editor of PakPassion who failed to understand why there was a big noise over Amir applying for a British passport. He said the bowler is entitled to apply for it and didn’t mean that he would stop playing for Pakistan.
Don't understand why some are making a big deal of Mohammad Amir applying for a British passport. He's entitled to apply for it and it doesn't mean that he will stop playing for Pakistan #Cricket
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 28, 2019
— DIVYANSHU (@MSDivyanshu) July 28, 2019
Amir liked the reply and before he ‘unliked’ it sensing a controversy perhaps, a screenshot was taken by another Twitter user who posted it with the caption “Well…”. Amir also blocked the person who had suggested that he leave the “terrorist country” which the latter revealed later.
He blocked me 😁😉 pic.twitter.com/rCcpJ2NC23
— Abhishek bindal (@Abhishe32633766) July 28, 2019
No clarification has been made by Amir on the entire episode yet. Meanwhile, the fans were also wondering whether he was planning to play in the Indian Premier League by obtaining a British passport.
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