Former legendary pacer Wasim Akram has said that left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir’s retirement from Tests was his personal decision and people shouldn’t have any problem with that. The former skipper also added that Amir is one of the top bowlers in the shortest format of the game and should be a part of the team’s World Cup plans.
Amir, who had announced his retirement in December 2020, has represented Pakistan in 50 T20Is and has 59 wickets under his belt. Overall, he has played 190 T20 games so far in his career and has scalped 220 wickets at an average of 22.50. He is also the 7th Pakistani bowler with most wickets in T20 cricket.
While speaking to Cricket Pakistan, Wasim Akram said that Amir can guide the young bowlers of the team in a pressure situation and together they can give positive results as ‘bowlers come in packs’.
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“I still think he should have a place in the Pakistan side. We have three white-ball World Cups in the coming years. I have been saying for a long time that bowlers come in packs. When you have a senior bowler in the pack, he can guide the young bowlers in pressure situations by talking with them. They can have quite an impact by giving them confidence and providing them with options,” Wasin told Cricket Pakistan.
“When I had a senior bowler guiding me as a young bowler, I had Imran bhai and I would ask him before every ball. It gives you that added confidence when a senior bowler tells you to do something. I think that is also why Amir is so important,” he added.
The former Pakistan captain also said that Amir’s retirement from Tests was his personal decision and now, he should ‘just play his cricket’.
“Amir should ask himself what his plans are for the future. He should ask himself what his personal goals are. He can get any league in the world. He is still one of the top bowlers in world T20 cricket.
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“If he retired from Test cricket, by the way, it was his problem. It was his decision. Why are we going against someone because he retired? A player knows about his own body, especially a bowler. Test cricket is not easy. If you haven’t played first-class cricket for five years, then your muscles aren’t used to bowling for that long. Amir should just play his cricket. There is no point to all of this. He said what he had to say and explained his point of view. Now he should just play cricket and enjoy his family life as well,” Akram said.