Aaqib Javed slams PCB for accepting Amir in the squad
Former Pakistan fast bowler Aaqib Javed believes that left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir doesn’t deserve to be part of the squad in the upcoming England series.
Due to the birth of his second child, Amir was initially set to miss the tour completely. Meanwhile, his daughter was born early, he told the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that he is available for the series against England and PCB replaced him with another pacer Haris Rouf who has missed the squad due to illness.
Amir flew to England over the weekend, after two coronavirus (COVID-19) tests and he was tested negative. Meanwhile, Javed believes that picking Amir was the wrong choice as he will only be available for the T20 series. The veteran pacer has retired from Test cricket last year. Javed believes that left-arm pace bowler Junaid Khan would be a better option.
“PCB and the selection committee are fans of Mohammad Amir. He is always preferred for some reason. If you compare Junaid Khan’s performance with Amir, then Junaid is not behind but in fact better,” Javed was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan.
“Injustice has been done with Junaid and he has been ignored for no reason. PCB brought Amir back after that incident [spot-fixing ban] and since then he has given only one noteworthy performance, which was in the 2017 Champions Trophy final. Apart from that, Amir has always struggled since his comeback.
“I think he is already going for the Twenty20 International matches because he doesn’t play Tests. When you already have around 10 fast-bowlers in 29-member squad present in England, why do you need to call Amir? There is no clear policy regarding the future.”
The Pakistan team is currently in Derby, but will travel to Manchester on August 1 prior to the start of the Test series. Pakistan are scheduled to play three Tests and three T20 Internationals against England.