Pakistan’s firebrand pacer Shoaib Akhtar lambasted Mohammad Amir for showing a poor attitude and said that he should have known that Mickey Arthur won’t always be there to safeguard him in the Pakistan team.
Akhtar’s words came after Mohammad Amir’s repeated accusations on the current Pakistan team management of coach Misbah Ul Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis treating him badly, which led to him quitting Test cricket in 2020 and then international cricket later as well. Amir has said that he’ll return to the Pakistan team once the team management changes.
I Am Saying This For Mohammad Amir, Sometimes You Have To Grow Up: Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar has called out Mohammad Amir for his poor attitude and also mentioned that he should’ve known that Mickey Arthur would not be always there to protect him and that he should have grown up and become more mature.
Akhtar felt that Amir didn’t improve himself and got complacent and is now blaming the team management for not supporting him in the Pakistan team. Shoaib Akhtar urged Mohammad Amir to grow up and learn from Mohammad Hafeez, who, despite having differences with team management, went on to carve a long international career.
“Sometimes you have good days and sometimes you have bad days. Amir should have realised that papa Mickey Arthur will not always be there to safeguard him. Sometimes you have to grow up. I am saying this for Amir. Sometimes you have to grow up. You don’t let it go but you mature enough to realise that the management is not according to my wishes, now I have to raise my performance and level of hard work.
The management was also against Hafeez. What did Hafeez do that was different? He just made runs and nothing else. He didn’t give the management an envelope full of cash. Amir should have learned from Hafeez,” Akhtar said while speaking on PTV Sports.
The left-arm pacer, who once compared to Wasim Akram, played 36 Tests, 61 ODIs, and 50 T20Is for Pakistan from 2009-2021. He also served a five-year ban for his involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal.