Pakistan senior pacer, Mohammad Amir, says only Mishab-ul-Haq can explain the reason behind his omission from the T20 team to tour New Zealand. He is dropped from the squad to travel to New Zealand for a three T20I match series.
Amir toured to England in August for the T20I series. In two games, the left-arm pacer went wicketless and leaked runs at more than 9 runs per over. Since his return to international cricket, Amir has been Pakistan’s spearhead in limited-overs cricket. In eight matches in the 2019 World Cup, he picked 17 games.
He was also part of the 2009 T20 World Cup-winning team and took 6 wickets, including 1 in the final. Amir’s magnificent bowling in the 2017 Champions Trophy final where is picked three wickets of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Shikhar Dhawan is still etched in the memory of cricket fans.
Only Misbah can tell: Mohammad Amir
Pakistan announced a 35-member contingent to travel to New Zealand for 3 T20Is and 2 Tests. Along with Mohammad Amir, Asad Shafiq, and veteran all-rounder, Shoaib Malik was also ousted from the T20 team. Head coach, Misbah-ul-Haq has explained that they want to give chances to the youngsters keeping the future in mind.
The 28-year-old pacer Mohammad Amir is clearly not happy with his omission as he vented it out on Twitter. When a Pakistani journalist, Shoaib Jatt questioned, that is it a wise decision to leave out a senior bowler like Amir when the T20 World Cup is just a year away.
Amir was quick to reply, “Misbah saab hi bata sakte hain but good luck for team green”, which translates to “Only Misbah can tell explain why I wasn’t picked but, good luck to the team.”
Misbah-ul-Haq has recently stepped down from the duty of the chief selector but will continue to be the head coach of the team. He was given a double role after Pakistan’s group-stage exit in the World Cup.
On Tuesday, PCB appointed Babar Azam as their Test captain replacing Azhar Ali. Babar was already the skipper in white-ball cricket, and now has the reins of the red-ball team as well. Younis Khan has also been appointed as the permanent batting coach after his interim stint in the England tour.
Pakistan defeated Zimbabwe in the home ODI series by 2-1 scoreline and whitewashed the visitors in the T20I series. The Men in Green will travel to New Zealand for three T20Is and two Tests in December.
Here is a tweet from Mohammad Amir:
Misbah saab hi bata sakte hain but good luck for team green😊
— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) November 11, 2020