Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq named his personal 15-member squad for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 and urged pace bowler Mohammad Amir to rethink coming out of international retirement.
Amir, who played his last T20 International match against England in 2020, announced his retirement in December last year from international cricket after citing some issues with the board.
Mohammad Amir could have tried playing after resolving issues with the board: Inzamam-ul-Haq
Inzamam said that Amir should talk about his problems with the board and get it resolved if he really wishes to play for Pakistan.
“Mohammad Amir could also have been considered. But he has actually announced his retirement. There could have been some experience in the fast-bowling department. But it shouldn’t be like I won’t play for this management,” Inzamam said on his YouTube channel.
“You can get your concerns recorded; you can share the issues with the Board. You could have tried playing after that. It is a different matter if you don’t want to play; it is your decision,” he added further.
Shoaib Malik is a senior player, he should be considered in the T20 World Cup squad: Inzamam-ul-Haq
Inzamam has included Sharjeel Khan as the opener with Mohammad Rizwan to be the first-choice wicket-keeper and has backed the veteran Pakistan players Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez to play in the middle order.
“You have tried Haider (Ali), Azam Khan and a lot of others in the middle-order, but no one has scored. The middle-order is an important position. Shoaib Malik is a senior player. If he does the job for you till the World Cup, he should be considered for sure,” Inzamam said.
Malik announced his retirement from ODI cricket after the 2019 World Cup and plays only plays the T20I format for Pakistan.
Inzamam-ul-Haq’s Pakistan squad for T20 World Cup 2021: Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan, Shan Masood, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Usman Qadir, Faheem Ashraf, Hassan Ali, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Shaheen Afridi.
Pakistan are clubbed with India, New Zealand, Afghanistan, and two other teams in the Group 2 of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. They play their opening fixture against India on October 24.