Mohammad Amir, senior Pakistan pacer has vowed to bounce back from the disappointment of being overlooked for the upcoming tour of New Zealand. Pakistan will play three T20Is and two Tests in New Zealand starting December 18. Players like Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Amir and Shoaib Malik were left out from the squad.
Mohammad Amir who made his debut at 17 years age in 2009 is a left-arm pacer. His last test came in January 2019 after which he announced retirement from tests. He played 36 tests and picked 119 wickets averaging 30.47.
Mohammad Amir Expresses Disappointment At Being Left Out Of New Zealand Tour
Babar Azam and Pakistan team management will lead Pakistan squad for New Zealand tour kept faith in Mohammad Hafeez and Wahab Riaz. At the same time, there are uncapped players too like Amad Butt, Danish Aziz, Imran Butt and Rohail Nazir.
“It was disappointing as I was expecting to be part of the squad (for New Zealand tour). It was the selector’s decision but this motivates me to perform in a better manner, improve my fitness and regain my place in the side,” Amir told Cricket Pakistan.
“The New Zealand tour could be make or break for many cricketers, which has also been the case in the past as well. The conditions are difficult for batting while the bowlers also have small margin of error due to small boundaries. So the players, especially the youngsters, who perform well can improve their career trajectory,” he added.
In August 2010, the English newspaper News of the World published allegations that Mohammad Amir and fellow bowler Mohammad Asif deliberately bowled no-balls during Pakistan’s 2010 tour of England in return for payment from a betting syndicate. On 2 September 2010, the International Cricket Council announced that they had suspended Mohammad Amir under the provisions of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code. Mohammad Amir returned in 2015 after a 5-year long ban.
Mohammad Amir: People Don’t Realize I Didn’t Play Cricket For 5 Years
Mohammad Amir also opened up about his retirement from Test cricket and the criticism that followed his decision.
“People talk about my age and retirement but they don’t realise that I did not play cricket for five years. Even if you don’t start your car for a week, even that needs oil change to get it running properly once again,” said the 28-year-old who quit Tests last year.
“My workload management was becoming a major issue which forced me to take that decision. I was continuously facing fitness issues and our physiotherapist Cliffe Deacon can confirm that I was number one in the treatment list, during the England tour in 2018.”
“If I had played all formats, I would have retired from international cricket by now.” Amir, who has represented Pakistan in 36 Tests, 61 ODIs and 50 T20 internationals is presently in Sri Lanka for the Lanka Premier League.
Mohammad Amir represented Pakistan in 61 ODIs and 49 T20Is too where he averages less than 30 with the ball.