Mohammad Amir set to hone his skills in Pakistan’s domestic cricket
He was sidelined from the Pakistan squad for their upcoming two-match Test series against Australia.
Updated - Sep 30, 2018 2:42 pm
Fast bowler Mohammad Amir was deemed to be one of Pakistan’s brightest prospects when he forayed into international cricket back in 2009. However, fate had other plans for him as he found himself tangled in the case of the 2010 spot-fixing in England at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground. The Gujjar Khan-born speedster made his comeback in the 2016 Asia Cup in Bangladesh.
He made a stupendous comeback by picking up three wickets in the match against India. Thereafter, he has somehow not been able to find his feet in international cricket, Subsequently, he has been in and out of the team. To add insult to injury, the 26-year-old hasn’t picked up a single wicket in Pakistan’s last five ODIs and also went wicketless in the recently concluded Asia Cup.
An indifferent year for Amir
Amir was expected to trouble the Indian batsman, but that wasn’t the case as the likes of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan played him with utmost ease. His indifferent performances didn’t please the national selectors by any means and he was sidelined from the Pakistan squad for their upcoming two-match Test series against Australia, which gets underway on October 7.
A PCB statement mentioned that the decision has been taken bearing in mind the conditions in the UAE. He only has picked up three wickets in the 10 ODIs he has played this year and has a horrendous average of over a hundred. However, the speedster isn’t ready to drop the gun by any stretch of the imagination and will now play for his department Sui Southern Gas Corporation (SSGC) as per reports in Cricbuzz.
Pakistan’s first-class tournament, the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and the One Day event is taking place simultaneously and Amir has a golden opportunity to perform to expectations and stake his claim back into the national team. Pakistan’s squad for the three-match T20I series against Australia hasn’t yet been announced and Amir would love to get his place back by then.