Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-Ul-Haq has opined on the recent retirement of Mohammad Amir and the effect it will have on Pakistan cricket moving forward. Mohammad Amir retired from international cricket recently due to conflicts with the team management, blaming them for mistreating him. Inzamam-Ul-Haq believes that it will reflect negatively on the team.
Mohammad Amir, who made a comeback to international cricket in 2015 after serving a five-year ban due to his role in the spot-fixing scandal, was not in the best of forms. The left-arm paceman did play a significant role in handing Pakistan the Champions Trophy in 2017; however, he could not maintain the consistency for a long time. Amir retired from international cricket after playing 36 Tests, 61 ODIs, and 50 T20Is from 2009 to 2020.
Inzamam-Ul-Haq believes that Mohammad Amir’s retirement will not hugely impact their bowling resources; however, it would negatively impact their cricketing arena and image. The 120-Test veteran wishes for such incidents not to take place moving forward.
“It is not about what impact Amir’s decision will have on our bowling resources or strength because life moves on. But what bothers me more is the negative impact such incidents have on our cricket and its image. It is better if such situations don’t take place,” Inzamam said as quoted by The Outlook.
He appears to have issues with Waqar Younis: Inzamam-Ul-Haq
Inzamam-Ul-Haq feels that Amir should have had a conversation with head coach Misbah-Ul-Haq and the Pakistan Cricket Board officials before taking an extreme step. The 50-year old claimed that Amir had issues with Waqar Younis, Pakistan’s bowling coach, and if his grievances were not addressed, the retirement route would have sounded sensible.
“If he is unhappy with one or two persons in the team management he should have first spoken openly with head coach, Misbah-ul-Haq and if required even the Pakistan Cricket Board officials before deciding on what to do.He appears to have issues with Waqar Younis, the bowling coach, and if his grievances were not listened to then he should have adopted this route,” the former chief selector added.