Pakistan’s ace pacer, Mohammad Amir has not been able to perform for his team in the recent times and it has been a worry for the whole think tank. Eventually, he is dropped from the Test squad for Australia series.
Atiq-Uz-Zaman, coach of Mohammad Amir’s department SSGC, believes left-arm pacer’s biggest problem currently is that he is lacking confidence.
“There are a lot of reasons why Amir’s pace has relatively declined and he is not getting swing any longer.
“From his fatigue level to how he is unable to make the most of the crease, and how his wrist position is not suitable for swing bowling, many things have been pointed out by the people. But I believe, it’s his lack of confidence that has worn him down,” Zaman told a leading newspaper.
According to the former wicketkeeper, Amir is currently in a state of mind, where he does not believe his abilities and unable to deliver for his team.
“Amir is under performance-related stress. As a player, sometimes when things are not going your way, you start to believe that you are not going to perform at all. Unfortunately, Amir is currently at that stage,” he added.
SSGC coach has talked to the head coach of Pakistan cricket team and the bowler himself that he needs a break from international cricket to play domestic where he can regain his confidence, playing under lesser pressure.
“Even if he does not pick up a wicket bowling alongside our bowlers, we will ensure that he enjoys his bowling. The stress and burden of expectations he carries while bowling in international cricket will not be here in the domestic competitions. It will be ideal for Amir to regain his lost confidence by playing the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy,” he explained.
“I have talked to Mickey Arthur as well about Mohammad Amir and he is on the same page with us on his issue. We will keep him in the loop as regards to Amir’s performance in the ongoing domestic competition,” he added.
Mohammad Amir performed poorly during the Asia Cup, where could not pick up a wicket. Pakistan had a disastrous run in the campaign and were eliminated from the tournament after losing to Bangladesh in a must-win contest.