Mickey Arthur felt Amir would have been one of the best Test fast bowlers in Pakistan’s history had he not lost those five years to the spot-fixing ban.
Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur is not surprised by Mohammed Amir’s decision to retire from Tests at the age of 27 as he feels the pacer’s career in the longest format was considerably damaged by the spot-fixing ban he served.
Amir was banned for five years for his involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal in England. He returned to all formats of the game in 2015 but announced his retirement from Tests on Friday after having played 36 Tests with 119 scalps in his chequered career.
“He (Amir) had five years out of the game…In those five years, he didn’t do anything. His body was not up to the rigours of day in, day out Test cricket,” Arthur told ‘ESPNCricinfo’.
“We pushed him as much as we could during the England and South Africa series, because he is such a good bowler whom we wanted during those tours. We’ve tried everything we possibly could with Amir.