Ex-Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Amir looks on the verge of taking his retirement back under the new management of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). While he has had issues with ex-chairman Ramiz Raja and the former coaches Misbah ul Haq and Waqar Younis, he tends to share friendly relations with Najam Sethi, the new chairman of the apex board.
Both the parties, Najam and Amir, have been giving statements favouring each other, which show that the return of Amir is likely to the national crew. Recently, he has been again in the headlines for making controversial statements about his return and lashing at ex-PCB management and many of the players.
Hinting at his return, he said,
“I have four to five years of cricket left in me. I will prove those opinion makers wrong who think Amir is over.”
Defining his relations with Najam and the ex-coach Mickey Arthur, he added that he has no problems with them and finds no point in representing Pakistan once again.
“I have no problem with Najam Sethi or Mickey Arthur or the players who are currently playing for Pakistan Cricket Team. Hence I have no excuse not to play for Pakistan now due to PCB management.”
Speaking on the power Ramiz had given to skipper Babar Azam, Amir says it was just fake and that Raja used to impose his decision on Azam. He also believes it was not the right time to give leadership to him, and he should have prepared to take over the role.
Amir gave several examples of how successful captains in cricket history had seniors behind them.
“Ramiz Raja claims to empower Babar Azam as a captain but actually Ramiz Raja himself used to impose his decision on him.”
“Babar Azam is given the captaincy at quite an early stage of his career. The captaincy of Babar Azam should have been groomed under Sarfaraz Ahmed.”
“A young captain does need help from the seniors, e.g. Kohli had Dhoni, Root had Cook, and Smith had Clarke. Unfortunately, Babar Azam didn’t have any senior player in his two years of captaincy who could have given him guidance.”
Heaping praise on Sarfaraz Ahmed’s leadership tactics, he said,
“Sarfaraz Ahmed is a captain by birth. He does become quite angry during the match, which is out of his control, but his decision-making makes him an intelligent captain.”
Once again, making statements on his return, he says he is keen to find momentum in the upcoming PSL and will use that to make a comeback in the national team. It is pertinent to mention that Amir is given special access to NHPC by Najam, while he was not considered by Ramiz back then.
“I will be fully fit and in complete rhythm in the eighth edition of PSL.”
“There is a cricketer who served Pakistan Cricket for twenty years. He was practising in National High-Performance Center Lahore but was asked not to practice the very next day under the chairmanship of Ramiz Raja.”
He further added that he never asked ex-chairman to allow him access to NHPC knowing that Raja would never give him a chance.
“I never asked Ramiz Raja to allow me to practice in National High-Performance Center Lahore because I knew I would get a negative response. There is no need to go in front of the person who doesn’t likes you.”
The PCB management committee has revived departmental cricket, which was shut down by ex-PM of the country, Mr Imran Khan. Amir finds it as a good decision to implicate as the domestic cricketers will earn their jobs back.
“Imran Khan made a wrong decision by suspending department cricket in the domestic structure of Pakistan.”
Opening up on his injury which came during the Champions Trophy 2017, Amir urges that he did not fake it.
“There were some journalists who raised questions over my injury and called it a fake injury just before the semifinal of Champions Trophy 2017. They didn’t know that I took six painkillers at that time.”
The ex-player also revealed the two backbones who have been wanting him in the squad.
“Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi were among the first cricketers who got impressed by my bowling lot. Younis Khan took a stand for me and told the selection committee that he wanted to include my name in the T20 WorldCup 2009’s squad at any cost.”
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