Babar Azam, Pakistan’s captain, expressed hope for Mohammad Amir’s comeback to the national squad, stating he will “speak to him about his concerns.”
In an interview with Cricket Pakistan, Azam stated that he had not yet spoken to his Karachi Kings teammate about the situation, but that he was “one of Pakistan’s top bowlers.”
This is the first time Pakistan’s captain has spoken publicly about Amir’s decision to retire from international cricket last year, citing “mental anguish he could no longer tolerate.”
He had accused the coaching staff of “talking things against me” at the time. The acrimony of the departure, as well as Amir’s later utterances of a similar non-conciliatory nature, made the likelihood of reconciliation bleak.
“We’ll talk about his concerns [with the national side] when we talk,” Azam remarked. “He’s one of the best left-arm bowlers I’ve ever seen, and I appreciate him tremendously.” I just hope he performs the same way he has in the PSL so far, and that’s what we’ve been focusing on so far.”
When Amir retired, he concentrated his attacks on the current coaching staff, singling out bowling coach Waqar Younis. A few days later, head coach Misbah-ul-Haq retaliated, accusing Amir of “making up” the events that led to his retirement.
That, combined with Amir’s frequent support of former Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur and former PCB chairman Najam Sethi, may make a return to the fold improbable in the short term; Amir has even stated that he will “only return after current management departs.”
That means that if the PCB’s senior leadership, whether cricketing or administrative, changes, Amir’s chances of returning are less remote.
CEO Wasim Khan accepted Amir’s decision to resign immediately, and the PCB has yet to respond to Amir’s subsequent remarks.
Babar Azam will ‘speak to Amir’ about retiring from Pakistan.