‘Amir not at his best’ says Waqar
Pakistan’s head coach Waqar Younis believes that, although Martin Guptill finds Amir as the pick of the Pakistan bowlers, he is yet to reach his best which is why he wants to give him more time.
Bringing the ball back at the right handers is a special ball in the armory of a left arm fast bowler which is precisely the reason why Waqar was pleased to see Mohammad Amir do the same in the series against New Zealand, quotes via ESPNcricinfo.
“I still feel Amir’s not at his best at the moment,” Waqar said. “I always knew that it’s going to take some time. But he’s getting there. He’s started swinging the ball back at right-handers, which I think is key for the left-arm fast bowlers. And he’s getting his pace back.”
He added that Amir is still under a lot of pressure since his return to international cricket and so it will be unfair to expect a lot from the outset. He was hopeful that with time Amir will make his way to the top and contribute for Pakistan in a significant manner.
“There’s still a lot of pressure for Amir, playing international cricket,” Waqar said. “We’re trying to ease him into it – not expecting blasts from him. As long as he gets to his peak, when the time is right, hopefully he’ll deliver the goods for Pakistan.”
Pakistan’s next assignment is the Asia Cup in Bangladesh where they will play their first match against arch rivals India on the 27th of February.