Kaneria says Amir trying to ‘blackmail’ with statements on Pakistan cricket

Kaneria Amir, Six Sports

Former Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir recently raised his voice against the country’s team management. He revealed that he was forced to give up international cricket at an early age due to it.

Amir had revealed in a recent interview that he was forced to retire as he wasn’t getting the amount of respect he deserved.

Now, former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria has spoken out against the statements of Amir on his Youtube channel. Kaneria said that Pakistan was kind to bring Amir back to the team after the spot-fixing scandal.

What Amir stated about Pakistan Cricket:

Amir had earlier said that retiring from playing for Pakistan wasn’t an easy step. He also talked about receiving a British citizenship in the future.

Kaneria Amir, Six Sports

Retiring from playing for your beloved country isn’t an easy step to take. I thought a lot about this decision, I spoke to those close to me, and only then did I reach this decision. If I go into all of the details and re-open all those chapters, it will get very ugly. I hope that our players, especially the youngsters in the future don’t have to face what I had to face as I don’t want our younger players to get disheartened and have to sacrifice their careers as I did,” – Amir added.

At the moment I’ve been granted indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom. I’m enjoying my cricket these days and plan to play for another 6 or 7 years. So let’s see how things go,” Amir said.

Danish Kaneria Counters Amir:

I am taking nothing away from Mohammad Amir. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I feel he is trying to blackmail others with his statements. He wants to make a return to the side. From his comments on moving to England and getting citizenship and playing the IPL, you can understand his headspace,” Kaneria said.

Mohammad Amir should realize that Pakistan were really kind to bring him back after his spot-fixing scandal. But his performance over the last 1.5 years has been absolutely zero. Agreed he bowled really well in the ICC Champions Trophy, but since then he has been on a steep decline,” Kaneria pointed out.

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