Mohammed Amir entered with a bang in international cricket and shortly after disappeared with a even louder bang and the echoes of which haunt me and my fellow Pakistanis. The ‘King of Swing’ said himself that Amir was much better than him at that age. Sadly the guy ruined his career at Lords and the pundits deemed that he would never step foot on a cricket field and far from the fact that he would ever make a comeback to the national squad.
But after finishing his cricket-less 5 years he came back to the domestic circuit and blew the competition away with his bowling causing trouble to even his former team mates. Playing for Chittagong Vikings and taking 13 wickets in 8 matches and proving his critics wrong.
As said before, Amir was signed by Chittagong Vikings in the Bangladesh Premier League and that’s where the revival of this maestro started. He had some shining moments in local matches in Pakistan but that was surely was not enough to get him to the national squad. He still has the pace and is still 23, in his very first match he was on hat trick on two occasions; he came all guns blazing and was wonderful to see. Steaming in from a fifteen yard run-up and troubling batsmen with his in swinging deliveries is a clear sign that the guy still has it.
He bowled a crucial second last over and got rid of two set batsmen, Pareera and Misbah on consecutive balls. That perfectly crafted yorker to Misbah who was opening himself for a booming drive over extra cover proved to be too good for him. Although the gestures after dismissing the captain were extremely inappropriate but still he helped his side win the match and ended up with the career best 4 for 30.
In the next match Amir proved that he could do magical things even with an old ball when he had to defend nine overs and he succeeded proving that he is very cool under pressure as not a lot of young players are.
Pakistan desperately needs a fast bowler to accompany Wahab Riaz as Irfan sooner or later would retire and looking at the present lot, only Amir seems fit to fill the soon to be vacant spot. He is a potent fast bowler and is yet to reach his prime age, so let’s give him a chance.
In my opinion Amir should be included in the side only on his performance and behaviour and no not left out because of some grudges. Selectors must monitor his performance and discipline for next few months and if he performs and behaves well then there should be no excuse to keep him away from his passion.
The Cornered Tiger