Pakistan players are scared of taking rest because they get dropped: Mohammad Amir
Further in the interaction, Amir reckoned that his decision of taking retirement from the purest format of the game was blown out of proportion.
Updated - Dec 1, 2020 3:11 pm
Pakistan seamer Mohammad Amir revealed that the players of the Pakistan cricket team can’t take a small break even when they are not in the correct mindset of playing as they fear getting dropped from the playing XI. Amir accused the management of not creating a positive atmosphere and also spoke about the prominent communication gap between the players and the management.
The left-arm fast bowler believes that the players should be secured enough of their position in the team to ask for small breaks when they are physically exhausted. He wants the management to set up an environment where the cricketers can openly talk about their issues with the authorities.
“The problem is that if a player musters the courage to say in Pakistan cricket that he wants rest, he is dropped, so players are now scared about speaking about it with the management. There is a mindset in Pakistan cricket where players are scared of being dropped from the team.” he told the ‘News One’ channel.
“I think this communication gap should be removed between players and the management. If a player wants to take a break he should be happy to speak about it with the management and they should understand his point of view and give him rest instead of dropping him from the team,” he added.
Mohammad Amir reveals the reason for taking retirement from Test cricket
Further in the interaction, Amir reckoned that his decision of taking retirement from the purest format of the game was blown out of proportion. Clarifying his stance on the same, the 28-year-old stated that returning to cricket after a 5-year ban wasn’t easy for him and he had to take a tough call in order to survive in the sport for a long time.
“Mickey Arthur was our head coach and anyone can ask him this. I was telling him since 2017 that if my workload is not managed I would have to leave Test cricket. After I announced my decision no one spoke to me for six months about it and a controversy was only created around my decision when we lost in Australia,” Amir said.
Speaking about his fitness, the seamer revealed that his body couldn’t take the pressure of playing all the three formats and demanded rest and care. He also spoke about playing the ICC World Cup after taking pain killers.
“Ask the team physio the problems I was facing with my eyes, knees and shoulders and I kept on telling them to manage my workload no one listened. I remember playing in the first match of the World Cup with spasms and after taking pain killers.”
“I only decided to retire from Test cricket when I realised my body could not take it and if I wanted to prolong my career I had to do something. So I decided to give up Test cricket to prolong my career,” Mohammad Amir concluded.