Pakistani head coach Misbah-ul-Haq has said fast bowler Mohammad Amir should have gone back to domestic cricket to prove his worth rather than making up for the circumstances surrounding his sudden retirement. Amir announced his retirement from international cricket on December 17, citing not being able to cope with the mental torture he has endured by the current Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) management and some former Pakistani players.
The left arm pacer had not been selected for the Pakistan tour of New Zealand in November and Misbah said no one on the coaching staff had supported Amir’s selection based on performance.
“Waqar Younis was mentioned in connection with Amir, but there is no truth in it at all. There were six [association] coaches as selectors, me as chief selector and then there was a captain. This is absolutely not possible, [the idea] that one person could have influenced the decision, “ESPNcricinfo quoted Misbah.
“Nobody supported his selection based on performance. I have no idea why he made everything up and tried to give this whole scenario a context that is out of proportion. For him it was a simple method: go back and prove his form and come back in the team and everything else is irrelevant, ”he added.
Amir did not have the best tour of England as he went without a wicket and then had a dismal outing in Pakistan’s National T20 Cup before being dropped from the Zimbabwe series.
“Against Zimbabwe last year, we gave him a simple reason that we are going to play young people well [Mohammad] Hasnain, Haris Rauf, Musa Khan, ‘said Misbah.
Pakistan’s fast bowler played 36 Tests, 61 ODIs and 50 T20Is. Amir then took 259 wickets in three sizes of the game. Amir had played his first international match during the 2009 World Cup T20.
However, a major turning point came in 2010 when Amir was arrested for spot fixation and he was banned from bowling two intentional no-balls in a test match against England for five years.
Last year, Amir had announced his retirement from Test cricket to focus on white-ball cricket. He called time on his career after playing just 36 tests in which he scalped 119 wickets. He was last seen in action in the Lanka Premier League for Galle Gladiators.
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