Misbah ready to welcome Amir despite bashing team management


Lahore: Pakistan men’s team head coach Misbah-ul-Haq is ready to welcome Mohammad Amir despite his harsh reservations with the current team management.

The 46-year-old Misbah emphasized that Amir was dropped from the side due to lackluster performances and there was nothing personal.

“Amir’s recent performance was not up to the mark as compared to the other bowlers including Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain,” Misbah said in a presser at Gaddafi Stadium.

“He is a quality bowler and, even though what has happened, if he plays and performs to the expectations, I will welcome him in the side,” he added.

Misbah clarified that he always communicated with Amir to lead the bowling department as a senior player just like Mohammad Hafeez is doing for Pakistan.

“I respected his decision of taking retirement from Tests but in shorter formats, he and Wahab have to lead the department as you can’t go on a survival mode of performing in one match out of five,” he maintained.

It must be noted here that Amir parted ways with international cricket after citing mental pressure given to him by head coach Misbah and bowling coach Waqar Younis.

“I can’t tolerate it anymore. They are continuously giving me mental pressure and now I can’t play further cricket under this management,” he was quoted as saying.

The left-arm pacer also informed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s Chief Executive Wasim Khan about his decision. PCB, in their statement, confirmed that Amir had shown unavailability for future tours.

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