Mohammad Amir should be in Pakistan’s T20 World Cup squad: Wasim Akram
Akram said that Pakistan need a bowler of Amir’s calibre to guide the young generation.
Updated - May 24, 2021 8:59 am
Former Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram reckons that Mohammad Amir should be included in the national squad for the T20 World Cup later this year. Back in December 2020, Amir announced his retirement from international cricket at the age of 29, and the same created a lot of ruckus in the Pakistan cricket fraternity.
Later Amir withdrew his retirement, but lashed out, saying that until and unless the current team management is present, he won’t be making a comeback. In the meantime, Akram, Pakistan’s all-time highest wicket-taker, rapped the national team management for keeping Amir on the sidelines regarding selection in the team.
“I am very surprised because Amir is a very experienced bowler and one of the best in the world in T20 cricket. Personally, I think he should be in Pakistan’s World T20 squad,” Akram told a TV channel, reported by Firstpost.
Akram has Mohammad Amir’s back
Akram, also a former Pakistan skipper, was clear cut in saying that Amir’s decision to retire from Test cricket was personal and no offence should be taken from the same.
“Other players have done it but no one says anything about them. So why Amir? I think if he is available for other formats he should be playing for Pakistan.”
Amir is a part of the Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) where Akram is the director of cricket and the head coach of the team. Akram said that Pakistan need a bowler of Amir’s calibre to guide the young generation.
“In World Cup events you need experienced bowlers who can also advise and guide the younger bowlers,” Akram feels.
Akram said that too much fuss is being created over Amir’s personal calls. Speaking on the same, the veteran said, “Other players also take time off for the birth of their child so what is the big deal.”
With the situation in India deteriorating due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s a chance for the T20 World Cup to be shifted to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). As per Akram, Pakistan could have the edge if the mega event takes place in the gulf country.
“We need to have more impact players in the T20 squad, those who can play without fear of failure only then can we do well,” Akram added.