Mohammad Amir to train with Atiq Uz Zaman

Recently, Pakistan left-arm pacer who was once tipped to become one of their best fast bowlers ever, was dropped from the national team’s upcoming tours. We’re talking about the extremely talented 26-year old Mohammad Amir, who has seen more ups and downs so far than most people do in throughout their careers.

The player found himself axed from the team’s home series of 2-tests against Australia in Dubai, the first of which was an exciting drawn game. The PCB made this decision keeping in mind ‘the conditions in the UAE’ at the moment, but we all know that Amir has been dropped due to a string of bad tours and his inability to pick up wickets like he used to.

He remained wicketless in the recent Asia Cup tournament in UAE where India lifted their seventh Asia Cup trophy. His last international wicket came back on July 13th in Zimbabwe and he has averaged over 100 since the start of the year. Now that would be a brilliant number as a batsman, but pathetic for a bowler. How has such a talented young man found himself dropped from the national team? Keep reading to know more.

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Amir joined Sui Southern Gas Corporation (SSGC), a Pakistan domestic team he played for once before in 2015 after serving a 5-year ban for his involvement in spot-fixing in England. Read Scoops then decided to have a word with Atiq uz Zaman, Head Coach of SSGC and someone who will be having an active role in getting Amir back in shape, physically and mentally, and ready for the biggest stage once again.

Amir and Zaman

Zaman showed his pleasure of having Amir in the squad:

Zaman explained how happy he was to have Amir back in the side for a few games. “We’re excited to have Mohammad Amir back to the SSGC squad. He has played with us before and we’re awaiting his return. He is a world-class bowler who is a little low on confidence, and it’s my job to ensure he gets back to full fitness, physical and mental.”

“It’s all about the confidence. He has been very short of wickets since his return to international cricket and that’s where domestic cricket will help him. When we (Zaman and  former teammates) used to return to play domestic cricket from the higher level, we used to feel very good about ourselves as we had a feeling of being at a higher level than the rest. It was easier to score runs and pick up wickets. That’s what Amir needs. As a player, he has been mis-managed and he shouldn’t have been thrown into the deep end (international cricket) as soon as he returned. He should’ve played more domestic cricket before rising to the top.”

Amir Zaman

Zaman told us that he had also opposed Amir’s fast-tracking into the national team when the latter played for SSGC in 2015. Amir’s fitness level was not up to the mark and he needed to train more. However, the national team was short of pace bowlers at the time and Amir was sent through, even though Zaman believed he shouldn’t have been.

“Now, I’ve taken it upon myself to help Amir return to his best. We have hired a specialist bowling, Kabir Khan, and we are concentrating on helping Amir with his seam position and his swing, which he seems to have lost at the moment. A few wickets in the lower level and just a couple of good games is all that’s needed to get him back to full confidence. It’s going to be some work for the youngster, but he seems eager. We will also be dividing his workload and not make him play all formats for SSGC.”

Even when Amir got married, he caught a flight at midnight to be with the national team. He wasn’t even allowed the chance to have a proper honeymoon. Ultimately, we’re all humans and not robots. No matter how good a player is, he should be rested when rest is required. Here’s hoping Atiq Uz Zaman is able to get Amir back to the level we’re all used to seeing him at.

We wish both of them the best of luck and you can keep watching for more updates on Mohammad Amir and SSGC.

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