Pakistan international cricket coach Waqar Younis admitted that Mohammad Amir will play a crucial role in the upcoming World T20.
Mohammad Amir made a comeback in international cricket after five years from the T20I series against New Zealand in this year. Amir picked up 1 wicket in the 1st T20I against New Zealand at Auckland while he was wicket-less in next two matches. After that, he bowled well in the one-day series where he picked up 5 wickets for 67 runs in the entire series.
Waqar told PTI from Auckland, “Amir was always a smart bowler even at a young age and we knew that so we didn’t put that much pressure on him in this series but I think he still bowled the best among all the pace bowlers and within his limitations. He will only get better in the coming days and will play a crucial part in the World T20 in India.”
Waqar added about Amir to ESPNCricinfo on Sunday, “I still feel Amir’s not at his best at the moment. I always knew that it’s going to take some time. But he’s getting there. He’s started swinging the ball back at right-handers, which I think is key for the left-arm fast bowlers. And he’s getting his pace back. There’s still a lot of pressure for Amir, playing international cricket. We’re trying to ease him into it – not expecting blasts from him. As long as he gets to his peak, when the time is right, hopefully, he’ll deliver the goods for Pakistan.”
Pakistan lost the back-to-back T20I series against England and New Zealand in UAE and New Zealand respectively.
Waqar Younis spoke put about the team’s current form, “It is good we played against England and New Zealand two very good and competitive T20 sides before two major events. It provided us with an opportunity to get better equipped for the future. I think our biggest problem has been fielding lapses and fitness and I and the trainers have given a program to the players to work on during the PSL. I have also informed the PCB about these plans and if the boys carry them out they will be in the run for the Asia Cup and World T20,”