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Amir cites Bumrah’s example on backing from team management

Pacer says he has no personal issues with the coaching staff

Amir cites Bumrah’s example on backing from team management PHOTO: Reuters

Pakistan’s former pacer Mohammad Amir has pointed out the example of Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah after lack of support from Pakistan team management.

While talking to Cricket Pakistan in an exclusive interview, Amir said that the Indian pacer was backed his team management despite below-par performances.

“I think it is not the right mindset to look at performance of only four or five matches. If you remember, [Jasprit] Bumrah had only one wicket in 16 matches when he was playing Australia series but nobody questioned him because they knew that he is a match-winning bowler. That was the time they [Indian team management] should have supported him and they did that,” said Amir.

“You are given the job to help the player when he is not performing and not just discard him from the side. If it’s like this, then we should give you an entire team made up of players like Cristiano Ronaldo so that you can sit back and relax and do nothing,” he added.

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He also brushed aside the notion that he had any plans about taking back his retirement from international cricket, while also stating that he had no personal issues with the team management.

“I carefully looked at all my options and assessed the situation before taking the decision about retirement. I’m enjoying cricket and spending time with my family and currently have no plans about taking back my retirement,” he said.

“If it was only about my performance, I would have never taken the decision about retirement. But their [team management] statements about me regarding my retirement from Test cricket really hurt me. I have no personal issue with them as they are my elders and legends of the game,” he concluded.