Touted as the next big thing in Pakistan, Mohammad Amir’s international career never took off. The left-arm pacer was banned by ICC for his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal. He was able to make a comeback to the national team but was only a shadow of his own.
The pacer was dropped from the team which brought a premature end to his international career. Recently, Amir stirred a controversy when he accused Pakistan management of ruining his career.
Former Pakistan speedster, Shoaib Akhtar has reacted on Amir’s allegations and slammed him for his immature comments.
“Amir should have realized that ‘papa’ Mickey Arthur will not always be there to safeguard him and he has to now grow up,” Akhtar told PTV.
Akhtar added that the management won’t work according to an individual and the player should have the wherewithal to handle good and bad days.
“You must be matured enough to realise that the management is not going to act according to my wishes. Therefore now I have to raise my performance and level of hard work,” he said.
He further cited the example of Mohammad Hafeez, adding that despite having his differences with the management, Hafeez enjoyed a long and successful career.
“Sometimes you have good days and sometimes you have bad days. Amir should have realized that papa Mickey Arthur will not always be there to safeguard him. Sometimes you have to grow up. I am saying this for Amir. Sometimes you have to grow up.
Amir will be making his debut in the Caribbean Premier League after being roped in by Barbados Tridents. He will also be seen in action in the Pakistan Super League in Abu Dhabi.
Akhtar reminded Amir that he was able to make a comeback to the national team despite letting the country down by being part of the spot-fixing scandal, adding that he should be thankful to the former PCB Chairman Najam Sethi.
“This is a favor the PCB did for Amir. To his credit, Amir won some crucial matches for Pakistan in the Champions Trophy which included the final but after that his performances deteriorated.”
Akhtar also backed Misbah’s claims that Amir’s performances were not up to the mark which led to his ouster from the team.
“Misbah is right when he says that Amir’s pace has gone down. There is nothing wrong with that assessment,” he said.
“I don’t think the team management was unfair with Amir. They gave him ample chances before he was dropped from the team.”