Amir mocks PCB following T20 snub
Out-of-favor Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir took a cheeky dig at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after being snubbed from the just announced 15-man Pakistan T20 squad ahead of their three-match series against Bangladesh.
Amir has been in terrific form in the ongoing Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and just three days ago he claimed a record-breaking 6-17 for Khulna Tigers against Rajshahi Royals in the to secure his side a place in the final, to be held on January 17 in Dhaka.
Amir became the first man to grab a six-for in the history of the BPL, and also broke the record for the best-ever T20 figures in Bangladesh, beating Shakib Al Hasan’s 6-18 for Prime Bank against Mohammedan in Sylhet in 2013.
Amir’s is also the second-best T20 figures by a Pakistani, behind Sohail Tanvir’s 6-14 for Rajasthan Royals against Chennai Super Kings in the inaugural Indian Premier League, while Sohail is also the only left-arm quick to take better figures than Amir in a T20.
After such performance, it would be quite natural to expect Amir in the 15-man squad. But surprisingly, the squad announced by PCB on Thursday led to seven players being axed from the team, while former skipper Shoaib Malik and veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez were recalled to the national side.
Now it is a burning question as to why Amir was snubbed from the squad despite making strong T20 performance in recent memory. And according to the pacer himself, it is due to his decision to quit Test cricket.
Replying to a tweet by Pakistani sports presenter Zainab Abbas, where she questions Amir’s exclusion from the squad despite his recent six-wicket haul in BPL, the cricketer wrote “Test cricket.”
But the pacer then immediately took off his tweet and later vowed to make a stronger comeback. “No worries chill everyone I will come back stronger InshAllah,” Amir tweeted.
InshAllah .. Allhamdulilah always❤❤🙏 https://t.co/woUNHUWj1m
— Narjis amir (@narjiskhan25) January 16, 2020
The 27-year-old announced his retirement from Test cricket in July last year, however, said he will continue playing white-ball cricket for Pakistan.