In a move that will boost the morale of the Pakistan cricket team and its followers, pacer Mohammad Amir has stated that he is ready to come out of international retirement. The left-arm fast bowler shocked the cricketing fraternity when he suddenly called it quits late last year.
Later, reports emerged that he made this tough decision due to his issues with the team management. Interestingly, Amir’s wish to play for Pakistan again comes after the team’s head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis decided to step down from their respective roles on Monday (6 September). As reported by Daily Pakistan, Amir conveyed his desire to a private media: “I am available for the team.”
Although the pacer wants to play for Pakistan once again, he won’t be part of the playing XI anytime soon, at least for this year. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced its squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup, of which Amir is not part. Before the global event, Pakistan are also set to play eight white-ball matches against New Zealand, and in all probability, the left-arm pacer won’t feature in that series as well.
Amir last played for Pakistan in the year 2020 against England in a T20I match at Old Trafford. Since then, Amir is busy playing franchise T20 cricket. Overall, he has played 50 T20I matches and has picked 59 wickets at an impressive economy rate of 7.02. Since his return to international cricket in 2015, after serving a five-year ban for spot-fixing in 2009, he has not quite delivered good performances. He had to endure the worst form in ODI cricket for close to one year, where he managed to pick less than 10 wickets in a calendar year.