Former Pakistan captain and legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram says he is “very surprised” that Mohammad Amir was not in the scheme of things of the Pakistan cricket team, following which the pacer took a sudden retirement last December, aged 28.
While Mohammad Amir has left the door ajar for a possible return, he would only be available when the current management, led by Misbah-ul-Haq, leaves the team.
Wasim Akram opines that Amir’s experiences need to be counted and that the pacer should make a return for the T20 World Cup later in the year. The 54-year-old says Amir’s experience would be vital to the youngsters. Mohammad Amir has played significant roles in Pakistan’s last two ICC events victories – the 2009 T20 World Cup and the 2017 Champions Trophy.
“I am very surprised because Amir is a very experienced bowler and one of the best in the world in T20 cricket. Personally, I think he should be in Pakistan’s World T20 squad,” Wasim Akram told a TV channel, reported by Firstpost.
“In World Cup events you need experienced bowlers who can also advise and guide the younger bowlers,” he added.
Other players have done it but no one says anything about them: Wasim Akram
Mohammad Amir, who retired with over 250 international scalps to his name, had cited issues – to be precise, he claimed he had been “mentally tortured” – with the team management, which former pacer Waqar Younis as well along with Misbah.
Wasim Akram reckons other players also have had taken breaks from cricket for personal reasons; he questions why all the criticism is being thrown only Amir’s way. He feels that if Amir is available to play international cricket again, then he should be called up by the selectors.
“Other players have done it but no one says anything about them. So why Amir? I think if he is available for other formats he should be playing for Pakistan. Other players also take time off for the birth of their child so what is the big deal,” the legendary pacer asserted.