Mohammad Amir has lost his swing: SSGC head coach
Amir will play domestic cricket for his department Sui Southern Gas Corporation.
Updated - Oct 1, 2018 12:03 pm
Following the 2010 spot-fixing scandal at Lord’s, Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Amir made his international comeback in the 2016 Asia Cup in Bangladesh. However, he hasn’t quite been able to find his rhythm thereafter. As a result, he hasn’t featured in the national team on a consistent basis. The ongoing year has turned out to be horrendous for the Gujjar Khan-born speedster.
In 10 ODIs, he has picked up only three wickets and in the recently concluded Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates, he went wicketless. Subsequently, he was also left out for Pakistan’s upcoming Test series against Australia, which gets underway on October 7 in Dubai. In the meantime, the 26-year-old has decided to hone his skills in domestic cricket for his department Sui Southern Gas Corporation (SSGC).
His confidence has been shaken
He is set to play from the second week of October in order to work on his shortcomings. The Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and the One Day tournament is taking place simultaneously and Atiq ur Zaman, the head coach of his department, mentioned that Amir’s ability to swing the ball has diminished owing to which the left-arm pacer hasn’t been in a positive frame of mind as per reports in Cricbuzz.
“Amir has lost his swing and we are looking to work on it. We have Kabir Khan, one of the finest of his time, as a bowling coach with us. We will sit with Amir and work on his wrist position, his usage of the crease, and other technical aspects of the game. We are in a process of devising a complete plan for him and have had discussions about what needs to be done,” Zaman mentioned.
“When a bowler is not picking up a wicket, his stress starts building up and it gets to a point where he starts to doubt his ability. His confidence has been shaken. Playing first-class cricket, Amir will not have that sort of pressure on him to win us matches.
We will tell him to enjoy his cricket, allowing him the room to express himself. Amir is keen to return to domestic cricket. In fact, he was the one who reached out to us to express his desire to return to SSGC for the ongoing season,” he added.