ISLAMABAD: Former captain Wasim Akram feels pacer Muhammad Amir should be given a second chance saying our religion Islam teaches to forgive those who ask for forgiveness.
Wasim said Amir has served his time and has been rehabilitated, and is bowling brilliantly. “His return to International cricket is not in the hands of individuals who may or may not want him back,” he said.
He said it is up to the PCB to make that decision and player power will not dictate this decision. “My opinion is that Amir deserves a second chance. He has to be praised because he is doing so well, what else should we expect from him,” he said.
Wasim said my simple advice to the players who are speaking against Amir is to mind their own business and only keep an eye on your performance and success will follow. “I am following the progress of our players in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and am really enjoying that,” he said.
Wasim said Misbah-ul-haq’s batting in the first game and Amir’s performance in helping his side win the game was fun to watch. “Misbah’s shot selection is excellent and it was very unfair of us to have given names to Misbah like Tuk Tuk,” he said.
Wasim said if Misbah has not done tuk-tuk then we would have been bowled out for 70-80 in every other game. “We should thank Misbah for the way he bats. He has learnt now to bat in tough conditions,” he said.
He said its Misbah’s style to come in and settle first, get the strike rotation going. “Misbah has now retired from Twenty20 and ODIs and he is now enjoying Test cricket,” he said.
Speaking about the Pakistan ODI team performance, he said he is not impressed by looking at the Pakistan ODI batting lineup. “Mohammad Rizwan and Sarfraz Ahmed are good batsmen but are they good enough to play as batsmen alone,” he said.
He said Babar Azam scored 50 at number six but then he was sent to open. “Should have either opened with him from the beginning or let him bat in the middle. It appears that no one has ever taught us how to run between wickets,” he said. – APP