Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has revealed that he will talk to Mohammad Amir about his decision to step away from international cricket. Azam reckoned that Amir is one of the best fast bowlers in the world and he admires him. Babar and Amir are in Abu Dhabi for the second leg of PSL.
“I haven’t spoken to him yet [regarding retirement] but we will discuss the problems he is facing when I get the opportunity to talk to him,” said Babar to Cricket Pakistan.
“He is one of the best left-arm bowlers [in the world] and I really like him. I’m hopeful that he continues to perform well in the upcoming second half of PSL,” he added.
Amir prematurely ended his cricket career after a fallout with Pakistan management. The left-arm seamer featured in 36 Tests, picking up 119 scalps. He also represented Pakistan in 61 ODIs and 50 T20Is, taking 81 and 59 wickets respectively.
Babar stated that he is keeping a keen eye on the top performers of PSL 6 as Pakistan look to shortlist players who can make it to their squad for the T20 World Cup.
“We have this tournament [PSL] to identify players who can fit into the Pakistan team. We will keep an eye on it and definitely consider them as we want to do whatever is best for the team,” he concluded.
Babar Azam, who leads Karachi Kings in PSL, will be joined by destructive New Zealand opener Martin Guptill and Babar is delighted to share the field with Guptill.
“I have played with Martin Guptill in the past in the Caribbean Premier League. We had a good bonding and it was nice to play with him. He is one of the best T20 batsmen [in the world] and when he is batting he can totally change the complexion of the game. His power-hitting skills are outstanding. I will try to learn from his experience because the learning process never stops,” said Babar.