Shoaib Akhtar, the former veteran Pakistani cricketer calls the former coach of the team, Mickey Arthur, papa of Mohammad Amir who recently has retired indefinitely from international cricket. Notably, Amir has been making headlines amidst his conflicts with the current management of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
He uttered that he has been mentally tortured and will not like to serve Pakistan Cricket at least under the current hold. Seeking the situation, Akhtar commented on the scenario during an interview with PTV sports.
It is appropriate to mention that Amir has thoroughly been part of the Pakistan squad under Mickey’s coaching tenure. At first, he took retirement from red-ball cricket in July 2019, two months before Arthur’s contract with PCB ended. Later, when the likes of Waqar Younis and Misbah ul Haq upheld the coaching panel, Amir reaped a separation from Pakistan Cricket in 2020.
Over the synopsis, Akhtar intimates that Mickey will not be perpetually there to guard Amir, hence, he should grow himself up. Using an example of Mohammad Hafeez, Akhtar embellished that the PCB was abreast of him too. But he fancied to make runs and polish his skills rather than slamming the management. It was a card of Hafeez’s fixed place in the team.
Shoaib Akhtar calls Mickey Arthur ‘papa’ of Mohammad Amir
“Sometimes you have good days and sometimes you have bad days. Amir should have realized 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.Advertisement
“You don’t let it go but you mature enough to realize 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,”