Misbah-ul-Haq claims Mohammad Amir ‘made up’ circumstances of Pakistan retirement


Head coach insists Amir’s omission for Zimbabwe, New Zealand series was a unanimous, performance-related decision

Misbah-ul-Haq has suggested that Mohammad Amir “made up” the circumstances surrounding his retirement from international cricket.

Amir said that “enough is enough” in December, citing “mental torture” in his decision to quit international cricket, but Misbah said on Monday that Amir’s claims had blown the situation “out of proportion”. Instead, he said that Amir had not been an automatic selection and suggested that he should have gone back to domestic cricket to prove his form.

Amir was not selected for Pakistan’s recent tour of New Zealand, after what the management deemed to be his lack of contribution as a senior bowler in last two years. In that period he picked up seven wickets at 32.00 in nine T20Is with an economy rate of 8.0. His performance in the T20I series in England last year – he went wicketless in 4.1 overs across two games – raised questions about his role, especially after he was punished in the second T20I, limped off the field with a hamstring injury and ended up missing the final match.

More middling performances in the National T20 Cup – he picking up six wickets at 38.83 in seven games – further convinced the selectors to move on and invest in younger players. Since the start of the 2020 edition of the PSL last February, Amir has taken 27 T20 wickets, with an average of 33.07 and an economy rate of 7.99.

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