Pakistani pacemaker Mohammad Amir made a shocking announcement last year that he would retire from international cricket, but has now decided to change his mind. This will be an excellent sign for Pakistani cricket as Amir has been one of the best talents from the country over the past decade and he still has so many years to represent his country.
Amir was recently in good form in the continued CPL for Barbados Royals, and he was featured in the Hundred Tournament in England as well as the London Spirit. He used to have few problems with fitness, but has now recovered well and now looks good. Amir has so far taken 59 wickets in 50 T20I matches, at an average of 21.4 and at an economic rate of 7.02.
Mohammad Amir clashes with Pakistan team management
Mohammad Amir announces his retirement from international cricket in December 2020 after clashes with head coach Misbah Ul Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis, and he even acknowledged this as the reason for his decision so early. Amir last played for the Pakistani team in the English T20I series in 2020 in August and has since only played franchise cricket.
However, his surprising return to international cricket, as reported by Daily Pakistan, may be due to the sudden exit of Misbah Ul Haq and Waqar Younis from their positions. There is also a change in the director of Pakistan with Ramiz Raja taking over the duties, and this could also have had an impact on Amir’s decision.
Mohammad Amir is not part of Pakistan’s T20 World Cup squad
Pakistan recently announced a group of 15 members for the T20 World Cup, and there was no place for Mohammad Amir who showed interest in returning to international cricket.
Packing group for NZ, ENG & T20 WC: Babar Azam (c), Mohd Rizwan, Asif Ali, Khushdil Shah, Mohd Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Azam Khan, Imad Wasim, Mohd Nawaz, Mohd Wasim, Shahdab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Mohd Hasnain, Shaheen Afridi.
Travel reserves: Fakhar Zaman, Usman Qadir, Shahnawaz Dhani
It will be interesting to see if Mohammad Amir can make a surprising entry in the T20 Worldcup group in the coming days.