Latif issues warning to Amir, Wahab

The duo decided to move away from Test cricket earlier this year

Latif issues warning to Amir, Wahab PHOTO: AFP

Former cricketer Rashid Latif has issued a warning to left-arm pacers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz about the possibility of being replaced by Pakistan’s new young crop of fast-bowlers in white-ball cricket.

While speaking in a Youtube video, the former wicketkeeper-batsman sarcastically thanked the duo for making themselves unavailable for Test cricket.

“I want to thank two greats of Pakistan Cricket, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz, who left Test cricket,” said Latif. “Now these youngsters [Naseem Shan and Shaheen Afridi] will put you under pressure with their performances in other formats as well.”

“Whoever has ran away from cricket, cricket will never go to him. Naseem , Shaheen, Hasnain and others in line will replace you in white ball as well,” he added.

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The 51-year-old also appreciated the Pakistan opener Abid Ali for rejuvenating Pakistan’s batting order in the Test series against Sri Lanka.

“Abid Ali with his centuries in both Rawalpindi and Karachi Test has changed the mindset of the team,” he said. “Those players that were on survival mode also got hope after Abid provided them with support.”

“Abid has revived Pakistan cricket by teaching other batsmen on what brand of cricket to play. He was rejected for 10 years and now he has overtaken and replaced those that were preferred over him for all those years,” he added.