Pakistan’s chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq is clearly unhappy with English skipper Cook’s statement that fast bowler Mohammad Amir will face hostile reception when he steps onto the field at Lord’s once again next week. He added that this is the start of the campaign to pressurise Amir and an effort to nullify the threat he possesses.
“How would the England captain feel if they were in Pakistan and our captain made a similar statement about some player?” Inzamam asked.
“I see this as the start of a campaign to start pressurising Amir. Because not only England, but even Australia and South Africa see him as a threat. And he can be a match-winner in England,” Inzamam said on a local news channel according to Press Trust of India.
The chief selector also advised Pakistani captain Misbah-ul-Haq to keep him away from the boundary line and make him field inside the circle.
“I think it would be a good idea if Amir was not made to field at the boundaries because he will then face hostile comments and remarks. It is best to keep him away from the crowd at the start,” he said.
“But to me there is sympathy for Amir in England and the best way he can answer is to perform in the series and I am confident he can do it,” said the former captain.
Inzamam added that the first few weeks as chief selector have been tough for him but he was confident about the squad he had selected.
“There was pressure on me because I had not seen much first class cricket and whatever cricket I saw was on television. And it was my first assignment as chief selector. But we have tried to select the best possible squad and I am pretty sure they will do well,” he said.
“I am confident we have the management to handle things well and this will be a controversy-free tour,” he said.