Mohammad Amir’s sudden decision to retire from Test cricket and concentrate on limited overs while shifting his base to the UK has prompted the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to make participation in domestic cricket mandatory.
According to the rumours, Amir, whose wife Narjis is a British passport holder, will be shifting his base to the UK and will only play T20Is and ODIs for the national side.
A PCB official said that besides restructuring of the domestic season, it would be made mandatory for players to appear in domestic matches to qualify for the Pakistan team.
“For example, Mohammad Amir who has now retired from Test cricket has to play in the domestic One-Day Cup and National T20 competitions to be considered for national selection,” the PCB source said.
He said that similarly, players who are active in Test cricket must play first class cricket matches.
Notably, Amir had announced his retirement from Test cricket on Friday. However, he had said that he will continue playing white-ball cricket for Pakistan.
Amir’s move came as a shock for many as the 27-year-old had a long Test career ahead. Pakistani legends like Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar expressed their disappointment over Amir hanging up his boots. The duo felt that it was the ideal time for the 27-year-old pacer to continue playing and reach the pinnacle of his Cricketing career.
(With inputs from PTI)