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Mohammad Amir and the lack of freedom to speak out at Pakistan Team

December 2, 2020

Written By,

Payel Gosh

Mohammad Amir, the Pakistan left-arm seamer, has voiced his unhappiness about not having the freedom to speak out in the Pakistan team. He has claimed that he is not happy with the mindset of living in anxiety. The 28-year old has had a controversial cricket career in the Pakistan team. He has not been at his best since he returned from a five-year ban due to his connection in spot-fixing. Amir has revealed that he had felt edgy about asking for a break from Pakistan team management. It was due to the fear of getting dropped from the team.

Last year, Mohammad Amir had decided to retire from Test cricket. He has faced huge criticism for this decision. Amir, along with another left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz, had retired from the longest format of cricket. However, Riaz could wear whites again. In July 2009, the left-arm pacer made his Test debut. He has played 36 Tests and took 119 wickets at an average of 30.47. Amir has the record of four five-wicket hauls. Moreover, he has played in 61 ODIs and 50 T20Is for Pakistan.

Voicing his unhappiness, Mohammad Amir pointed out the situation within the Pakistan team. He said that if Pakistan cricketers request the team management for rest, they fear getting dropped from the team. Therefore, the Pakistan cricketers are scared to voice any concern. Amir urges for the removal of the communication gap between the team management and the cricketers. He further added that if any cricketer needs a break, the management should have a discussion with the cricketer; and know the issues without removing him from the team.

Mohammad Amir claimed former Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur knew about the scenario

Amir highlighted that he discussed these things with the former coach of the Pakistan team, Mickey Arthur. He had informed the coach that without managing his workload, he would not be able to continue playing Tests. The speedster further added that his decision of quitting the Tests had led to controversy; particularly after the Pakistan team lost in Australia. Amir talked about his dilemma of returning to the team after a five-year ban; and also added that mostly no one understood the situation.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh