Pakistan should’ve rested Mohammad Amir instead of dropping Hasan Ali, says Aqib Javed
Amir went wicketless in six ODIs straight before he claimed one wicket in the fourth ODI against the Proteas.
Updated - Jan 30, 2019 12:40 pm
Ever since his comeback into the national team, Mohammad Amir has struggled with his consistency. Owing to his poor run, he was dropped from the side last year. However, he made it back into the squad but failed to create an impact since then. The team management has been trying its level best to give as many opportunities as possible to the left-arm pacer.
In order to fit him into the eleven, Pakistan also dropped Hasan Ali. Mohammad Amir forms a very important part of the World Cup plans for the Men in Green. The pacer entering the tournament with some good performances backing him up will do him a world of good. However, he has hardly picked any wickets in recent times. Hence, former cricketer Aqib Javed believes that the team should’ve continued playing Hasan Ali.
The team should have more wicket-taking options
“No doubt since making comeback into international cricket, Amir has not been able to perform consistently. So I believe that instead of dropping Hasan Ali we should have rested Amir in order to have a team with more wicket-taking options,” said Javed, while talking to local media.
Javed further added that they can not term Amir as the number one bowler if they are looking at him just for the containing role. “If we are using Amir just to contain the innings, then one can’t say that he is our number one bowler,” he added as quoted by Brecoder.
Amir went wicketless in six ODIs straight before he claimed one wicket in the fourth ODI against the Proteas. In his last ten ODI appearances, Mohammad Amir only accounted for two scalps which is quite unacceptable. Pakistan will take on South Africa in the series decider on Wednesday at Newlands, Cape Town. It will be interesting if the fast bowler will continue to feature in the eleven. Shoaib Malik will continue to lead the side in the absence of Sarfaraz Ahmed.