Dropped by the national selectors on the back of some really poor form, fast bowler Mohammed Amir has found support from Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood, who feels, that the speedster is going to make a very good comeback in the future and will be returning as a better bowler.
Amir, who hasn't quite been the same bowler he was before being banned in 2010 for proven involvement in the ugly spot-fixing incident, was going through a major dip in form and rhythm, ever since enjoying the high of the Champions Trophy final against India last year.
He failed to make an impact in the recently concluded Asia Cup 2018 and was subsequently, perhaps rightfully, not selected in the squad that will be taking on against Australia in the 2-match Test series starting on October 7 at Dubai.
“Mohammed Amir has been struggling a bit since his return and fatigue could be a reason for that. Regardless of other factors, the fact is that there has been a lot of pressure on Amir in recent times. Because he has that wicket-taking ability, almost everyone seems to think that Amir is the key bowler in our team," Azhar Mahmood was quoted saying in an interview given to pakpassion.net.
Azhar also feels that the pressure of having to suddenly bowl day in and out across all formats after a long exile from the game is taking its toll on Amir and said, “But, he is not taking wickets and that pressure to perform is creating issues for him. This is then causing some self-doubts on his own ability which is why him not playing in the next series against Australia will give him that much-needed break.”
However, Azhar also cleared that Amir has been given inputs regarding where he needs to improve upon and thinks, that the ongoing domestic first-class season in Pakistan, is an excellent opportunity for him to find the lost mojo.
He said, "As you may have seen, he has started to stop before he delivers the ball which is a problem," before adding, "But, now he has a good opportunity to fix the issues we have highlighted when he goes back to domestic cricket. We have told him exactly what he needs to do to remedy his problems and he will work on fixing the issues," and signed off.