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Mohammad Amir | AFP
Mohammad Amir | AFP
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Virat Kohli Is A True Leader For Being The Inspiration For Young Cricketers, Says Mohammad Amir

Virat Kohli left the cricketing world in shock on Saturday after he announced that he was quitting India captaincy in the Test format. The star batter made the announcement on social media, a day after India lost the three-match series against South Africa 1-2.

Under Virat Kohli, the Indian Test team rose to the top of the world rankings and also notched up its maiden series win in Australia in 2018-2019. The series triumph against the Aussies perhaps underlined the leadership skills of Virat Kohli, who wore his heart on his sleeve. He signed off with 40 wins and 17 losses in 68 Tests as captain which is the best win percentage and most wins of any Indian skipper in Tests.

 

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source: AP IMAGE

Virat Kohli Is A True Leader For Being The Inspiration For Young Cricketers: Mohammad Amir

Former Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir took to Twitter to congratulate Virat Kohli for his outstanding stint as India Test captain. Mohammad Amir said that Virat Kohli is a “true leader” and an “inspiration for young cricketers”.

“@imVkohli brother for me u are a true leader of the upcoming generation in cricket because u are the inspiration for young Cricketers. keep rocking on and of the field,” wrote Amir on Twitter.

Mohammad Amir congratulated Virat Kohli for his outstanding stint as India Test captain.© Twitter
Mohammad Amir congratulated Virat Kohli for his outstanding stint as India Test captain.© Twitter

The left arm-pacer Mohammad Amir has represented Pakistan in 36 Test matches, 61 ODIs, and 50 T20Is. He has also played for Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Karachi Kings. In addition, he has recently played for Barbados Royals during the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021.

The pacer played 36 Tests, 61 ODIs, and 50 T20Is before announcing retirement. Mohammad Amir has represented the Pakistan cricket team in 50 T20I matches, scalping 59 wickets at an economy rate of 7.02. His last appearance for the Pakistan cricket team came during the side’s England tour last year.

He was a part of the playing XI that played in the second T20I of the series in Manchester on August 30, 2020. He represented Pakistan in 36 Tests and took 119 wickets at an average of 30.47. He also featured in 61 ODIs and claimed 81 wickets at an average of 29.62.

Virat Kohli Is Most Successful Test Skipper

Virat Kohli is India’s most successful Test captain when it comes to the number of wins in the longest format. He had led India in 68 Tests, registering 40 victories and with a win percentage of 58.82. Under Virat Kohli’s leadership in 2018-19, India scripted history by becoming the first Asian team to register a Test series win in Australia.

Virat Kohli with MS Dhoni Aijaz Rahi / AP
Virat Kohli with MS Dhoni Aijaz Rahi / AP

Under his leadership, India also stayed on top of the ICC Test Rankings for consecutive years and reached the final of the ICC World Test Championship in 2021. However, India went on to lose the WTC final to New Zealand. India will play their next Test match against Sri Lanka at home and the BCCI now has the task of finding a new captain for the Indian team in the longest format.

When Virat Kohli took full-time charge of the Test team, in Australia in 2014-15 after MS Dhoni’s shock decision to retire mid-series, India was languishing as low as seventh in the ICC rankings.

From there to taking the team to No. 1 in the world rankings and staying there for five years had been a spectacular turnaround. Virat Kohli won 40 Test matches, which is 13 more than next-best MS Dhoni.

Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir Photograph: K.M. Chaudary/AP
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Mohammad Amir Pulls Out Of Abu Dhabi T10 League After Being Affected By Covid-19

Mohammad Amir, former Pakistan pacer, has pulled out of the upcoming Abu Dhabi T10 League, which is scheduled to begin on November 19. He confirmed the development through a social media post on Thursday, stating that he has been affected by Covid-19.

The 2021 edition of the Abu Dhabi T10 League will commence on 19th November 2021. On the opening day of the tournament, 2 matches will be played. While the Northern Warriors will take on the Delhi Bulls in the first rubber, Team Abu Dhabi will clash with the Bangla Tigers in the second match.

Mohammad Amir | AFP
Mohammad Amir | AFP

Mohammad Amir Was A Part Of The Franchise Bangla Tigers In The Abu Dhabi T10 League, But He Withdrew At The Last Minute

Mohammad Amir added that he is fine now, but the left-arm pacer also said that he needs the prayers of the people for his recovery. Mohammad Amir, who announced his retirement in 2019, was a party of the franchise Bangla Tigers that also features the likes of Faf du Plessis, James Faulkner, Andre Fletcher, and Hazratullah Zazai.

After Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis stepped down from their posts on Monday, Mohammad Amir decided to make himself available for his country once again.

Australia's James Faulkner (Eranga Jayawardena/AP)
Australia’s James Faulkner (Eranga Jayawardena/AP)

Mohammad Amir on Thursday took Twitter and wrote, “hi everyone just wanted to say m I am not playing T10 league this year because I got affected with the covid but now I am fine ALHUMDULILLAH just need prayers for the speedy recovery.”

 

The fifth edition of the Abu Dhabi T10 League will take place at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The shortest format of the game is hosted by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and is the only T10 tournament in the world sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Northern Warriors Are The Defending Champions Of Abu Dhabi T10 League And Won It Most Times- Twice

Over the years, some of the finest players, mostly retired from int’l cricket from across the globe, have participated in the tournament. Abu Dhabi T10 League has continued its tradition to draft some of the big names into the competition this year. The list of superstars to feature in UAE’s domestic T10 cricket league include the likes of India’s Yusuf Pathan, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Jason Roy, Chris Gayle, among others.

While speaking to the media, Mohammad Amir said that his reports came positive on November 8, after which he had confined himself in a room for quarantine. While stating his plans, he said that he will move to Karachi from Lahore on November 20 and from there to Dubai on November 21.

Yusuf Pathan scored 2 ODI centuries for India. (File Photo/BCCI)
Yusuf Pathan scored 2 ODI centuries for India. (File Photo/BCCI)

TV Broadcast and Live Streaming Details

Colors Cineplex SD (Hindi), Colors Cineplex HD (English), Rishtey Cineplex (Hindi) will broadcast the matches live. They will be live-streamed on Voot and Jio TV. The final will be played on December 4. There have been 4 editions of the tournament held so far. The Northern Warriors have won the Abu Dhabi T10 League twice, while Kerala Kings and Maratha Arabians emerged as the champions once each.

The Northern Warriors are currently the defending champions of the tournament Abu Dhabi T10 League. In the previous edition of the competition, the Northern Warriors downed the Delhi Bulls in the final to win the summit clash with 8 wickets in hand. The Delhi Bulls posted a total of 81/9 on the board, and the Northern Warriors chased down the target with 10 balls remaining.

The left arm-pacer Mohammad Amir has represented Pakistan in 36 Test matches, 61 ODIs, and 50 T20Is. He has also played for Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Karachi Kings. In addition, he has recently played for Barbados Royals during the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (BCCI)
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Virat Kohli’s Statement Of Falling Behind Against Pakistan After Losing 2 Early Scalps Disappointed Ajay Jadeja 

Virat Kohli’s press conference remarks after the conclusion of the opening India-Pakistan T20I match in the 2021 T20I World Cup did not go down with former India player Ajay Jadeja, who confessed he was disappointed to hear the captain say such a thing as falling behind after losing two early wickets.

The start of India’s opening T20 World Cup game against Pakistan was not the best one. After losing the toss, Virat Kohli-led India was asked to bat first on a tricky batting surface by Pakistan captain Babar Azam. To make matters worse, Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi dismissed Rohit Sharma for a golden duck, and soon after, sent back in-form opener KL Rahul to the hut.

Virat Kohli played a 57-run knock while Shaheen Afridi celebrating one of his three wickets | Photo: ICC
Virat Kohli played a 57-run knock while Shaheen Afridi celebrated one of his three wickets | Photo: ICC

Virat Kohli’s Statement Of Falling Behind Against Pakistan After Losing 2 Scalps Disappointed Ajay Jadeja

India captain Virat Kohli played a crucial knock of 57 runs after coming to bat at no. 3, as wickets continued to fall on the other end. Virat Kohli, though, helped his team to a total of 151/7 in 20 overs. But in the end, the target of 152 was not enough as Pakistan openers Mohammed Rizwan and Babar Azam scored 79*, and 68*, respectively, to win the match for their team by 10 wickets with 13 balls to spare.

Ajay Jadeja
Ajay Jadeja (Photo- Twitter)

At the post-match press conference, Virat Kohli lauded the efforts by Pakistan and admitted that his team was outplayed by the arch-rivals. But one of Virat Kohli’s remarks did not go down with former India player Ajay Jadeja, who confessed he was disappointed to hear Virat Kohli say such a thing.

“I heard Virat Kohli’s statement that day. He said when we lost two wickets, we fell behind in the match against Pakistan. I was disappointed with that,” Ajay Jadeja said.

“When a player like Virat Kohli is out there in the middle, there is no way the match has ended. He had not played even two balls and was thinking like that. So, it shows India’s approach,” Ajay Jadeja further added.

India will next play against New Zealand on Sunday and Virat Kohli will hope his team can bounce back from the horrendous defeat to pick up their first win of the tournament.

India Was Reduced To 31/3 Against Pakistan And Never Recovered

India was reduced to 1/1 with Rohit Sharma’s golden duck, then 6/2 after KL Rahul’s dismissal, and then 31/3 with Suryakumar Yadav’s dismissal, as Pakistan had the psychological edge. In the 2017 Champions Trophy final too, India had been reduced to 33/3, with Rohit Sharma falling for a three-ball duck to a similar vicious inswinger from Mohammad Amir. In the 2019 World Cup semifinal against New Zealand, India was reduced to 5/3.

KL Rahul And Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)
KL Rahul And Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

Sunday’s match between India and Pakistan was also the 10th time India lost 3 wickets inside the Powerplay since the last T20 WC in 2016. They have lost on seven of those occasions.

Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir Photograph: K.M. Chaudary/AP
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Harbhajan Singh Requests Pakistan PM Imran Khan To Open A School For Likes Of Mohammad Amir To Learn Good Manners

Harbhajan Singh, the veteran Indian spinner, recently got into a Twitter spat with Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir and slammed him by calling him a “fixer” for his involvement in spot-fixing in 2010. Harbhajan Singh has issued a message for Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Social media has been flooded with plenty of reactions from the Twitter spat between veteran Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh and Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir in the last few days.

Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh (Photo Credits: Twitter)
Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh (Photo Credits: Twitter)

Harbhajan Singh Requests Imran Khan To Open A School For Mohammad Amir To Learn How To Speak To Senior Cricketers

Mohammad Amir tried to provoke Harbhajan Singh following Babar Azam-led Pakistan’s 10-wicket win over India in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. The banter turned into a spat where Harbhajan Singh called the Pakistan pacer a “fixer”.  In a conversation, Harbhajan Singh urged Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to open a school for people like Mohammad Amir to learn how to talk to senior players.

“I would request Imran Khan to open a school for such children where they can learn how to speak to senior cricketers. In our country, we are taught manners. Even today, we talk with cricketers like Wasim Akram with a lot of respect. And people like him (Amir) don’t know what to talk with whom. I should not have reacted to the comments of a person who sold his country,” Harbhajan said.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. (File)
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. (File)

The pacer played 36 Tests, 61 ODIs, and 50 T20Is before announcing retirement. Mohammad Amir has represented the Pakistan cricket team in 50 T20I matches, scalping 59 wickets at an economy rate of 7.02. His last appearance for the Pakistan cricket team came during the side’s England tour last year.

He was a part of the playing XI that played in the second T20I of the series in Manchester on August 30, 2020. He represented Pakistan in 36 Tests and took 119 wickets at an average of 30.47. He also featured in 61 ODIs and claimed 81 wickets at an average of 29.62.

Harbhajan Singh Says Banter Between Him, And Shoaib Akhtar Is Different While Mohammad Air Betrayed His Country As He Was Involved In Spot Fixing

Harbhajan Singh has also had plenty of banter with former Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar – but he said the banter between them was different as they have an understanding after having known each other for a very long time.

“The banter between me and Shoaib is different as we know each other for a very long time having played plenty of cricket together. We have also done many shows together. We have an understanding. Who is Mohammad Amir? Is he the same guy who was guilty of match-fixing at Lord’s? What is his credibility? He would have barely played 10 matches for his country and he betrayed his country as well by accepting money to fix a match,” Harbhajan added.

Mohammad Amir and and Shoaib Akhtar in 2010. (STR/AFP via Getty Images)
Mohammad Amir and Shoaib Akhtar in 2010. (STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Mohammad Amir and two other Pakistani cricketers, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt, were involved in a spot-fixing scandal during Pakistan’s tour of England in 2010. All three cricketers were handed bans, but Pakistan decided to bring back Mohammad Amir in international cricket in 2016. However, after playing for a few years, Mohammad Amir announced retirement from international cricket in December 2020, citing “mental torture”.

Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were found guilty of deliberately bowling no-balls, and they were banned from the sport for some time. While the former was given another opportunity, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt did not play for Pakistan again.

Mohammad Amir has been amid controversies throughout his career. Having made a comeback in 2016 after a lengthy ban for spot-fixing, Mohammad Amir called time on his career prematurely in December 2020. He cited differences with the Board and support staff as the reason for his decision.

After Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis stepped down from their posts, 29-year-old pacer Mohammad Amir decided to make himself available for his country once again.

Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir Photograph: K.M. Chaudary/AP
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Mohammad Amir Prefers Virat Kohli Over Rohit Sharma For Loving ‘Pressured Situations’ Like The Pacer

Mohammad Amir will always be remembered for bowling Pakistan to victory against India in the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy in England. The Indian team could never fight back after losing Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and Virat Kohli to the left-arm pacer.

Mohammad Amir believes the clash between the arch-rivals in the T20 World Cup on Sunday will once again be the game that will create heroes as it doesn’t get bigger on the cricket pitch than an India-Pakistan encounter.

Mohammad Amir | AFP
Mohammad Amir | AFP

Mohammad Amir Opens Up On Bowling According To The Wicket In T10 Leagues

Speaking on the eve of the much-anticipated game, Mohammad Amir threw light on rising to the challenge against India, the issue with the current crop of fast bowlers, bowling in shorter formats of the game like T10 leagues — he plays for Bangla Tigers in Abu Dhabi T10 — and also who he would pick between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

“As a cricketer, I always believe it is not about India-Pakistan, it is about cricket. I have always enjoyed the tough moments of the game. I love rising to the occasion and when you do well there, the moments stay with you in your career. Performing in big matches gives you the ultimate high,” he smiled.

Mohammad Amir (Image Source: Twitter)
Mohammad Amir (Image Source: Twitter)

Amir said: “Dubai tracks tend to be on the slower side and as a bowler, I don’t play with the batsman, I play with the wicket. If I see the wicket and feel the slower ball will hold the key, why should I bowl at 140kph? Maybe bowl at 120kph and pick wickets. As a bowler, you need to see what the wicket demands. Once you learn that, you can succeed in any format.”

“I always believe in checking the wicket after reaching the ground. As a bowler, you get an idea after the first two balls whether it will swing or not. When I feel the wicket is assisting swing, I bowl full. My success ratio is because I have bowled according to the demand of the wicket. I don’t see if it is Kohli, Rohit or Smith batting, I see what the wicket demands and bowl accordingly.”

After Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis stepped down from their posts, Mohammad Amir decided to make himself available for his country once again. Meanwhile, Pakistan will be taking part in the T20I World Cup 2021 without the services of world-class fast bowler Mohammad Amir.

Mohammad Amir Will Go With Virat Kohli, Who Also Likes Pressure Situations

Talking of the Indian duo of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, the two will hold the key for India throughout the T20 World Cup. But personally, for Mohammad Amir, he picks Virat Kohli over Rohit Sharma as he believes the India skipper loves winning big games.

“I will always go with Virat because just like me, he also likes pressure situations. I have always done well in pressure conditions thanks to God and if you take out Virat’s stats, you will see he always performs well in pressure situations. I love this about him because he performs when under pressure,” he pointed.

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma- Twitter

Asked about the current generation pacers, Mohammad Amir feels they are too focused on bowling fast.

“There are many shots and survival is very difficult for a bowler. The current generation of batsmen has a lot more shots in their bags and as a bowler, you need to get smarter. Bowlers nowadays are struggling mostly because the moment they bowl at 150kph, we tend to take them to the sky by praising them.”

“Pace is important and does matter, but you cannot forget your skills in trying to bowl fast. They don’t work on swings and variations. If you bowl fast on true wickets, you will get hit. The first (plan) is to get the ball to swing. But Plan B should be stronger and when the ball isn’t swinging, that is when the next plan comes in. I bowled to Kohli with a scrambled seam in the Champions Trophy and it worked. You need to use angles and wrist positions when the pitch is true. Pace with smartness is the key.”

In fact, Mohammad Amir feels T10 is the best format for cricket to be played in the Olympics.

“Considering the time it takes, T10 can be the best option in the Olympics. First thing is to get the process right. Like when I go into a T10 game, I know I have 12 balls and the batsman won’t stop. So when you train, the mindset is to escape being thrashed. The idea is to be economical as you rarely get 10 wickets in a T10 game,” he signed off.

The pacer played 36 Tests, 61 ODIs, and 50 T20Is before announcing retirement. Mohammad Amir has represented the Pakistan cricket team in 50 T20I matches, scalping 59 wickets at an economy rate of 7.02. His last appearance for the Pakistan cricket team came during the side’s England tour last year. He was a part of the playing XI that played in the second T20I of the series in Manchester on August 30, 2020.

Ramiz Raja Image courtesy of: ARY Sports
Ramiz Raja Image courtesy of: ARY Sports
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Mohammad Amir Takes A Dig At Ramiz Raja Saying That PCB Chairman Gets A Lot Of Benefits

Mohammad Amir, the former Pakistan pacer, has taken a dig at Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja over his comments that he won’t take a single penny as salary during his tenure. Mohammad Amir retorted that the office of the PCB Chairman doesn’t entail salary but comes with plenty of benefits.

Ramiz Raja made a comment while addressing club presidents in Pakistan on Wednesday (October 20). Mohammad Amir then took to Twitter to point out that the post of PCB Chairman comes with benefits, though he wasn’t entirely sure if this was the case.

Ramiz Raja. (Credits: Twitter)
Ramiz Raja. (Credits: Twitter)

Mohammad Amir: PCB Chairman Gets A Lot Of Benefits Taking A Dig At Ramiz Raja

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja issued an indirect yet stern warning to the board’s officials drawing handsome salaries, saying that everyone will have to work to justify their positions. Ramiz Raja stressed on employees of the board to reduce expenses and save costs, adding that he had been told by the prime minister himself how he saves expenses at the Prime Minister House and the Prime Minister Office.

“To the extent I know, PCB Chairman is not paid a monthly salary but gets a lot of benefits. I may be wrong, but this is what I have heard,” Mohammad Amir tweeted.

In his address to club presidents, Ramiz Raja said that he had sacrificed a budding career to take up the post, and he did that for the honour.

Mohammad Amir | AFP
Mohammad Amir | AFP

“I have come to this cricket board without any salary. I won’t get a single penny for the next three years. I have sacrificed my ongoing career to take up this post. The car that I own is a 2008 model one. I don’t regret the fact that I don’t own a big house or a fancy car or money. Many a time, you need to play an innings for the honor.”

In his address to club presidents, Ramiz Raja mentioned that he doesn’t need the salary of a PCB Chairman and noted that he will serve for the next three years without taking it. However, he added that he feels the PCB chairman is an honourable position, and it should be the number one priority.

Mohammad Amir has been amid controversies throughout his career. Having made a comeback in 2016 after a lengthy ban for spot-fixing, Mohammad Amir called time on his career prematurely in December 2020. He cited differences with the Board and support staff as the reason for his decision.

Mohammad Amir Came Out Of Retirement After Coaches Misbah-ul-Haq And Waqar Younis Step Down

Earlier this year, however, the former left-arm pacer revealed that he was ready to come out of his retirement if the new PCB administration addressed all his concerns. However, there hasn’t been any further development in this regard. Mohammad Amir has represented Pakistan in 36 Tests, 61 ODIs, and 50 T20Is. He has 259 wickets to his name in international cricket.

The pacer played 36 Tests, 61 ODIs, and 50 T20Is before announcing retirement. He represented Pakistan in 36 Tests and took 119 wickets at an average of 30.47. He also featured in 61 ODIs and claimed 81 wickets at an average of 29.62.

Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir Photograph: K.M. Chaudary/AP

Mohammad Amir, the left-arm fast bowler, has decided to come out of international retirement. The 29-year-old pacer stunned the cricket world by announcing his international retirement last year. However, the pacer clarified that he made the big decision because of his issues with the team management.

After Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis stepped down from their posts, Mohammad Amir decided to make himself available for his country once again. Meanwhile, Pakistan will be taking part in the T20 Worldcup 2021 without the services of world-class fast bowler Mohammad Amir.

Wasim Akram. (Photo: Twitter/ @shoaib100mph)
Wasim Akram. (Photo: Twitter/ @shoaib100mph)
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Wasim Akram Reasoned Why He Hasn’t Or Doesn’t Want To Coach Pakistan

Wasim Akram, the former Pakistan captain, and fast bowling legend has opened up on why he hasn’t or doesn’t want to coach the national cricket team.

Wasim Akram, who won the 1992 World Cup as a player and captained the team to the final of the 1999 ICC World Cup, has coached in franchise T20 leagues. He was part of the support staff of the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kolkata Knight Riders and has also been associated with several Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises over the past years.

Wasim Akram Image Credit: Supplied
Wasim Akram Image Credit: Supplied

Wasim Akram Doesn’t Think He Can Manage Work Away From Pakistan

In a recent interaction, Wasim Akram was asked why he has never coached the national team Pakistan, to which Wasim Akram said that he will not be able to give the time that a full-time coaching job demands.

“When you become the coach, you need to give at least 200 to 250 days a year to the team and that’s a lot of work. I don’t think I can manage so much work away from Pakistan, from my family. And as it is, I spend time with most of the players in the PSL, they all have my number and they keep asking for advice,” Akram said in the interview.

Pakistan AFP / Lindsey Parnaby
Pakistan AFP / Lindsey Parnaby

After calling it quits from cricket in 2003, the legendary cricketer had taken up a commentary stint. After that, he was involved in a coaching capacity and was part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as a bowling coach for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Later he was also seen in the role of mentoring in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Wasim Akram Can’t Tolerate Anyone Misbehaving With Him

Wasim Akram also cited misbehaviour by fans as a reason for him to not think about coaching the national team.

“I am not a fool. I keep on hearing and seeing on social media how people misbehave with their coaches and seniors. The coach isn’t the one playing. The players are the one playing. The coach can only help with the planning. So, if the team loses, I don’t think the coach is as responsible or accountable as we hold him as a nation.”

Pakistan coaching unit - comprising Misbah-ul-Haq, Waqar Younis (AFP)
Pakistan coaching unit – comprising Misbah-ul-Haq, Waqar Younis (AFP)

“So, I’m afraid of that as well, because I can’t tolerate anyone misbehaving with me. And we are becoming like that. I love the people, their enthusiasm and passion for the game, but not the misbehavior that is shown on social media. It shows what we are. I have never seen this happen in other countries.” Wasim Akram added.

Misbah-ul-Haq stepped down as head coach of the Pakistan team last month along with Waqar Younis, who too resigned from the position of bowling coach. Former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq and all-rounder Abdul Razzaq are the interim coaches in charge of the team for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup.

Waqar Younis and Misbah-ul-Haq both had a year still left in their tenures, having taken charge in September 2019. Later, pacer Mohammad Amir came out of retirement following the coaches’ resignment as he had differences with the duo. Newly-elected PCB chairman Ramiz Raja recently announced Vernon Philander and Matthew Hayden’s appointments as coaching consultants for the T20 World Cup.

The leading runs getter for Pakistan in Test cricket Younis Khan parted way with the Pakistan team as the batting coach earlier this year. The former batsman resigned from the top job on June 22 even though he was roped in by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for a two-year contract, which would’ve come to a conclusion after the T20 World Cup.

Pakistan AFP / Lindsey Parnaby
Pakistan AFP / Lindsey Parnaby
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Shahid Afridi Hints At Changes In Pakistan’s T20 World Cup 2021 Squad

Shahid Afridi claimed that some changes could be made to the Pakistan squad before the mega event began. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) came under fire after it announced the squad for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.

The selections not only raised questions amongst the fans but were also criticized by former coaches and players. In an exclusive interview with Cricket Pakistan, former all-rounder Shahid Afridi has stated that he was left in a state of confusion over the selection of some players.

Shahid Afridi played in 27 Tests, 398 ODIs and 99 T20Is for Pakistan.© AFP
Shahid Afridi played in 27 Tests, 398 ODIs, and 99 T20Is for Pakistan.© AFP

Shahid Afridi Unsatisfied With Pakistan’s Selections For 2021 T20I World Cup

Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi is not satisfied with Pakistan’s selection choices for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021, scheduled to be played between October 17 to November 14 in the United Arab Emirates and Oman. He stated that he does not understand why few match-winning players were left out, although he stated that given this is his nation’s team, he would back them to win nonetheless.

“I am definitely surprised by the selection. I don’t understand the selection of two to three players in the squad. I also don’t understand how we could have left a couple of names out of the squad either,” said Shahid Afridi.

Wahab Riaz. Image-Sky Sports
Wahab Riaz. Image-Sky Sports

“I have received some information and PCB is very likely to announce another squad for the upcoming World Cup with some changes,” he added.

It is worth pointing out that all cricketing boards participating in T20 World Cup are allowed to make a few changes to their initial squad till October 10, as previously pointed out by PCB Chief Selector Mohammad Wasim.

“Under special circumstances and in exceptional cases, we can make the necessary changes if required,” said Wasim.

All the teams have time until October 10 to finalize their squad, which could mean certain inclusions and exclusions from the Pakistan team, who have key players including Fakhar Zaman, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Wahab Riaz, and Shoaib Malik missing out from the 15-member squad.

Shahid Afridi Doesn’t Think Matthew Hayden And Vernon Philander Are Going To Have An Impact

Shahid Afridi also claimed that irrespective of the team selection, he is going to fully stand behind them once they depart for the mega-event which begins on October 17, 2021.

When asked about the changes made in the coaching department, Afridi remarked: “I don’t think Matthew Hayden and Vernon Philander are going to make much of an impact due to shortage of time. If they [Misbahul Haq and Waqar Younis] resigned on their own then they have seriously hurt the Pakistan cricket team and should definitely have waited till the World Cup was over.”

Newly-elected PCB chairman Ramiz Raja recently announced Vernon Philander and Matthew Hayden’s appointments as coaching consultants for the T20 World Cup.

Pakistan former coaching unit - comprising Misbah-ul-Haq, Waqar Younis
Pakistan former coaching unit – comprising Misbah-ul-Haq, Waqar Younis (AFP)

Pakistan will start their 2021 ICC Men’s World Cup campaign with a match against their fierce rivals India on October 24, 2021.  Notably, Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis resigned the same day Pakistan Cricket Board announced the 15-member T20 World Cup squad. Later, pacer Mohammad Amir came out of retirement following the coaches’ resignment as he had differences with the duo.

Mohammad Amir | AFP
Mohammad Amir | AFP
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Pakistan Pacer Mohammad Amir Set To Come Out Of Int’l Retirement

Mohammad Amir, the left-arm fast bowler has decided to come out of international retirement in what comes as a pleasing development for Pakistan cricket. The 29-year-old pacer stunned the cricket world by announcing his international retirement last year.

The pacer clarified that he made the big decision because of his issues with the team management. After Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis stepped down from their posts on Monday, Mohammad Amir decided to make himself available for his country once again.

Pakistan coaching unit - comprising Misbah-ul-Haq, Waqar Younis (AFP)
Pakistan coaching unit – comprising Misbah-ul-Haq, Waqar Younis (AFP)

Mohammad Amir Available For Pakistan After

On 26 July 2019, Mohammad Amir announced his retirement from Test cricket in order to focus on limited-overs cricket. On 17 December 2020, he announced his retirement from international cricket. The pacer played 36 Tests, 61 ODIs, and 50 T20Is before announcing retirement. He represented Pakistan in 36 Tests and took 119 wickets at an average of 30.47. He also featured in 61 ODIs and claimed 81 wickets at an average of 29.62.

As reported by Daily Pakistan, Amir told private media: “I am available for the team”.

Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir
Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir (Photo| AP)

He is available to play for the Pakistan cricket team but the left-arm fast bowler will not represent his nation in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced their 15-man squad yesterday, and Mohammad Amir, expectedly, was not a part of the team.

Pakistan had recently announced a 15 member squad for the T20 World cup and there was no place for Mohammad Amir who has shown interest in coming back to international cricket.

Pak squad for NZ, ENG & T20 WC: Babar Azam (c), Mohd Rizwan, Asif Ali, Khushdil Shah, Mohd Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Azam Khan, Imad Wasim, Mohd Nawaz, Mohd Wasim, Shahdab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Mohd Hasnain, Shaheen Afridi.
Traveling reserves: Fakhar Zaman, Usman Qadir, Shahnawaz Dhani

Mohammad Amir Has Not Played International Cricket Since August 2020

Mohammad Amir has represented the Pakistan cricket team in 50 T20I matches, scalping 59 wickets at an economy rate of 7.02. His last appearance for the Pakistan cricket team came during the side’s England tour last year. Amir was a part of the playing XI that played in the second T20I of the series in Manchester on August 30, 2020.

A few months after the tour, the pacer bid farewell to the international arena. During his time away from international cricket, the left-arm fast bowler played in various T20 leagues around the world.

Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir Photograph: K.M. Chaudary/AP
He represented the Karachi Kings in Pakistan Super League (PSL), London Spirit in the Men’s Hundred, Pune Devils in Abu Dhabi T10 League, and currently, he is playing for the Barbados Royals in Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

Mohammad Amir has performed well in CPL 2021. It will be interesting to see if and when he plays for the Pakistan national team after coming out of international retirement.

Wasim Akram Image Credit: Supplied
Wasim Akram Image Credit: Supplied
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I Won’t Tolerate Nonsense Against Coaches, Says Wasim Akram

Wasim Akram has taken an indirect dig at fellow former Pakistan left-arm speedster Mohammad Amir. The 54-year-old cricket legend claimed he hates it when coaches are disrespected and revealed he doesn’t wish to be a part of Pakistan’s team management because of the heat and criticism they face from players and fans.

Wasim Akram is one of the greatest fast bowlers to ever play the game. Hence, it might be a bit perplexing for people to fathom why he isn’t a part of Pakistan’s backroom staff that consists of other former players like Waqar Younis and Misbah-ul-Haq.

Wasim Akram. (Photo: Twitter/ @shoaib100mph)
Wasim Akram. (Photo: Twitter/ @shoaib100mph)

Wasim Akram Can’t Tolerate Nonsense Against Coaches

On Cricket Pakistan’s YouTube channel, Wasim Akram revealed that although he has coached franchise teams, he didn’t have the time to commit to the team for most of the year.

“Firstly, if you associate yourself not just with Pakistan but with any other international team, you need to give at least 200-250 days in a year. I feel I cannot manage so much work away from Pakistan and my family. Generally, players who want any sort of advice contact me and I try to help them,” Wasim Akram said.

Wasim Akram and Mohammad Amir
Wasim Akram and Mohammad Amir. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Mohammad Amir had openly come out in public to slam head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis for allegedly “torturing” him and not backing him enough. Wasim Akram was disappointed with the disrespect coaches were facing, both by players and on social media.

“Secondly, I am not a fool. I do look at social media and the way some players humiliate their coaches and seniors. Coaches aren’t going to play cricket, it’s the players who have to play. A coach’s job is just to plan and it isn’t completely his fault if the team is losing. I cannot tolerate nonsense against coaches.”

Wasim Akram who is Pakistan’s all-time highest wicket-taker criticized the national team management for keeping Mohammad Amir on the sidelines regarding selection in the Pakistan team.

On 26 July 2019, Mohammad Amir announced his retirement from Test cricket in order to focus on limited-overs cricket. On 17 December 2020, he announced his retirement from international cricket. Mohammad Amir played 36 Tests, 61 ODIs, and 50 T20Is before announcing retirement. He claimed 259 wickets across formats.

Wasim Akram Don’t Have The Time To Run PCB

Wasim Akram was also vocal about rumours that he controlled the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The former speedster certainly did not go down easy on those tarnishing his image.

“I do read newspapers and I am aware of which journalist talks about me controlling PCB. But I feel that all the credible journalists in Pakistan need to do a bit of homework. I don’t have the time to run PCB, I am just in the committee and that is an honorary job.”

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). (Photo: Twitter)
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). (Photo: Twitter)

With the kind of young talent the Pakistan pace attack possesses at the moment, Wasim Akram’s presence could have helped them take their game to the next level. It remains to be seen whether the Sultan of Swing will join the Pakistan team management in the future.

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