Inzamam-ul-Haq says Mohammad Amir’s decision to end his international career “doesn’t look good” for Pakistan.
Amir this month confirmed to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) he no longer wishes to be considered for selection.
The 28-year-old pace bowler had already called time on his Test career and has now decided he does not want to play for his country in white-ball cricket.
Amir stated that issues with the PCB management team prompted him to quit after he was omitted from the squad for the tour of New Zealand.
The left-arm quick said he had been “tortured mentally” and could not take any more, saying the management team would not stop bringing up his decision to turn his back on Test cricket.
Former captain and chief selector Inzamam spoke of his regret that Amir will not feature for Pakistan again, but feels he should have spoken to head coach Misbah-ul-Haq before making his mind up.
“Amir is a good player and his absence has affected the side. But we have other bowlers as well, who are doing well,” Inzamam told the media.
“Such incidents should not take place in Pakistan cricket and this is more important for me as compared to how it affects our bowling strength.
“A player should not leave cricket in such a manner, after having served Pakistan cricket, as it doesn’t look good,
“If Amir had any issues with Waqar [bowling coach Younis], he should have talked with Misbah and if that didn’t work he should have approached the PCB.
“If the issue remained after this, then he had the right to take such a decision. It’s unfortunate to see a player retire just because he was unhappy with one person.”