Pakistan’s bowling coach Waqar Younis was upset when Mohammad Amir decided to retire from Test cricket at an early age. However, the former Pakistan captain has moved on from the hurt caused by Amir and wants to check the pacer’s ability in the white-ball cricket.
Mohammad Amir was initially dropped from England’s tour because of his parental duties but he made himself available for the three-match T20I series. Subsequently, he flew to England last week and has joined the squad.
Amir last played for his country in the away series against Australia in November 2019. In that T20I series, he notched only one wicket in three matches.
His dipped form led his ouster from the team in the next Bangladesh tour. He was also unimpactful in the T20I series against the Sri Lanka series at home where the host was white-washed by 3-0.
Mohammad Amir is in our future plan: Waqar Younis
Sidelining Mohammad Amir’s hurtful Test retirement decision, Waqar Younis wants to test the 28-year-old pacer’s ability in the white-ball format. If Amir contributes to the winning cause, the bowling coach admits that he will be surely be looked for World Cup selection.
“Amir remains part of our plans for the future as he is experienced. We want to utilize him if he is up to the mark if he can win matches for Pakistan. Next year we have the World Cup,” Waqar said in an online media interaction.
“It hurt at that time when he decided to retire from Test cricket but we have to move on and do what is best for the country,” he added.
Waqar Younis believes that England’s tour is the right opportunity to test all the players, including Amir. The bowling coach will assess Amir who is in Pakistan’s white-ball cricket plan.
“We called Amir because he is part of our white-ball cricket plans. And if we felt this was the ideal opportunity to assess all our bowlers going forward. It is not about this series but also about future commitments including the World Cups coming up,” Waqar said in an online media interaction.
Fast Bowlers can play in all formats: Younis
Mohammad Amir proclaimed his retirement from Test cricket to focus on the white-ball format but his decision became his enemy. Selectors overlooked him for the selection because they were disappointed with the pacer’s Test retirement.
Waqar Younis, who himself is a successful former Pakistan pacer, rejected all the suggestions that it was difficult for a fast bowler to compete in all formats given the workload. However, he acknowledged that it was a player’s call to retire.
“I just look at this way if a bowler is fit, strong, and loves taking wickets. He can play all the time. But I guess this is an individual decision,” he said.
Mohammad Amir has played 36 Test matches and picked 119 wickets. In shorter formats, he has, so far, notched 81 wickets in 61 ODI matches while 59 wickets in 48 T20I matches.