Pakistan Head coach Misbah-ul-Haq bluntly puts it out that former fast bowler Mohammad Amir was dropped from the Pakistan team because of “his performance & injuries” last year.
Mohammad Amir, wh0 had already left playing Test cricket in early 2019, retired from limited-overs international too in December 2020, claiming “being mentally tortured” by the management which includes Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis.
His retirement announcement came in the aftermath of being excluded from the PCB’s list of central contracts, and after his omission from Pakistan’s 35-man squad to tour New Zealand.
Misbah, however, completely disagrees with the pacer, who retired from international cricket at the early age of 28. The coach states that he doesn’t have any personal animosity against the seamer, and was dropped only because of his performance and injury issues.
He also said that “doors are open” if the speedster wishes to make a comeback to the national side. However, the pacer had earlier made it clear that he would “only be available once this management leaves”
Mohammad Amir wasn’t selected in the ODI team in 2020 and went wicketless in the 2 T20Is he played in the pandemic-affected last year.
“Mohammad Amir was dropped due to his performance & injuries. He then decided to retire, but if he takes back his decision to retire & his performance is good, the doors are open for every player to make a comeback. I have no personal issues against him,” Misbah-ul-Haq was quoted as saying by journalist Saj Sadiq.
Misbah-ul-Haq "Mohammad Amir was dropped due to his performance & injuries. He then decided to retire, but if he takes back his decision to retire & his performance is good, the doors are open for every player to make a comeback. I have no personal issues against him" #Cricket
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 19, 2021
Mohammad Amir is one of the best left-arm bowlers, we’ll discuss what his issues are: Babar Azam
Pakistan captain Babar Azam had earlier provided a glimmer of hope for Mohammad Amir’s return to the national side. Both the players play together in the PSL 2021 for Karachi Kings. Azam had said that he will discuss the problems Mohammad Amir had while hailing him as “one of the best left-arm bowlers” in the world.
“When we talk, we’ll discuss what his issues [with the national side] are. He’s one of the best left-arm bowlers and I really admire him. The way he’s performed in the PSL so far, I just hope he performs the same way again, and that’s what we are focused on so far,” Babar Azam told website ‘Cricket Pakistan’.