Pakistan’s left arm pacer Mohammad Amir has been going through a rough phase in his cricketing career, after a massive dip in form, ever since the Asia Cup of 2018. Amir’s poor display with the ball in the tournament had him get omitted from Pakistan’s squad in the series versus Australia, and neither could he find a place for the series against New Zealand.
Head coach – Micky Arthur, revealed on Wednesday that him along with the bowling coach – Azhar Mahmood have been working on Amir to get his form back, so he returns as an asset for the national team.
"We (Mahmood and Arthur) monitor Amir's progress. Every time he bowls, we look at the videos and send our comments back to him. Let's be clear about the fact that Amir is a quality bowler, he has a big-match temperament and I am hoping that we can have him back in the fold, sooner rather than later, provided he gives us the ammunition to pick him," Arthur said.
"It's runs for batsmen which is the criteria for selection and similarly, it is wickets for bowlers which are important. If we can get Amir swinging the ball again, getting through his action and be very comfortable with the hunger and desire to win games for Pakistan, then Amir has a big future with the side," he added.
Arthur also spoke about stamping authority in the series before New Zealand, which was against Australia as they prevailed as the victorious side in all three formats.
"Having coached Australia and then defeating them here in the UAE was a very special feeling not just for me but for all of us. I was particularly pleased about the very special cricket we played across all formats during the series."
Though Pakistan didn’t square off well in the Asia Cup 2018, in which they had to suffer two heavy defeats by the hands of India, followed by a loss against Bangladesh in the knockout match which didn’t give them a place in the finals of the tournament, Arthur was pleased with the way his team bounced back and shown true character in the following series’.
"We were certainly very focused, and we trained incredibly hard for the tournament. It was one of the competitions where I saw for the first time a little bit of a lack of confidence within the side. This very young team were playing with a huge weight of responsibility and expectations and we did not deal with that pressure particularly well.
“Since the Asia Cup, I have been so proud of the way the boys have played their cricket. We sat down and had a proper group conversation about what we did in the Asia Cup. In that tournament, we were scared, and we showed a fear of failure for the first time," he added.
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