Pakistan head coach Misbah ul Haq has finally opened up about Mohammad Amir’s retirement from international cricket.
Amir announced retirement back in December citing ‘enough is enough’ and ‘mental torture’ upon his continuous omission from the national side. However, Misbah has claimed that Amir has ‘made up’ the accusations and that it was his performance that was way below par.
“There was talk about Waqar Younis related to Amir but there is no truth in it at all,” Misbah said.
“There were six [association] coaches as selectors, me as chief selector and then there was a captain. So this is absolutely not possible, [the idea] that one person out of all could have influenced the decision.
“Nobody was supporting his selection on the basis of performance. I have no idea why he made up everything and tried to give this whole scenario a context that is out of proportion. For him, it was a simple method: go back and prove his form and get back in the team and everything else is irrelevant.”
Misbah also stated that Amir can make a comeback by proving himself in domestic cricket.
“Amir’s recent performance was not up to the mark as compared to the other bowlers. Amir is a quality bowler and, even though he has taken retirement, if he plays and performs to the best of his ability, I will welcome him in the side despite what has happened,” he said.
He also clarified about never saying anything like Amir retired to play T20 leagues and earn more money.
“I never said that [Amir retired because he wants to earn money from T20 leagues]. When he retired from Test cricket, I respected his decision but as a senior player you have to lead the time, like Hafeez, rather than playing for your survival and the same goes for Wahab [Riaz],” he added.
The 46-year-old also talked about the recent performance in New Zealand and rued the absence of captain Babar Azam.
Babar couldn’t take part in the entire tour because of a fractured thumb and the batting line up of Pakistan failed miserably without him apart from a few individual performances by Mohammad Rizwan, Fawad Alam, and Faheem Ashraf.
“Babar Azam’s injury was a big issue for us. It was a big loss for us especially in Test cricket. We were affected morally and on the field due to this setback,” said Misbah.
Misbah also heaped praise on the Kiwis as they outclassed the tourists in all three departments of the game.
“We should accept that the opposition was better than us in all three departments. They have been playing good cricket for past couple of years. We also tried our best on the field during the series but unfortunately results did not go our way,” he added.