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Mohammad Amir tears into Pakistan’s selection policy

Pacer believes that many Pakistan players have played international cricket despite having technical flaws

Mohammad Amir tears into Pakistan’s selection policy PHOTO: AFP

Former Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir believes that youngsters are given the national cap without adequate experience in domestic cricket.

The left-arm pacer has stated that Pakistan selectors should follow the method adopted by the top cricketing nations.  

“Look at the players that India, England and New Zealand are bringing into international cricket. They are ready to play at the highest level as they have done the hard yards and have completed their learning in the domestic and junior systems. Once selected, they show their skills in international cricket which they have already learnt in domestic cricket,” said Amir while talking to PakPassion.

“Whereas in Pakistan, at the moment, our players are expected to learn from the national coaches while playing international cricket, rather than having already learnt the art of cricket earlier in their careers,” he added.

He also named three Indian players, who made a seamless transition to international cricket.

“Look at Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav and Krunal Pandya, they looked ready and primed for international cricket when they made their debuts and did not look to need much advice or coaching at all. They have played several years of domestic cricket and the IPL and that makes their introduction into international cricket much smoother,” he said.

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Amir also believes that many Pakistan players have played international cricket despite having technical flaws.  

“International cricket isn’t school cricket where you learn on the job. It’s a tough environment where only players who are ready and who have learnt about the game and obtained the necessary skills should be selected. If you want to learn about cricket, do it at the academy or in First-class cricket, don’t come to international cricket underprepared and hope to learn whilst playing for your country. Too often our young players are thrown into international cricket with technical flaws, with issues in their game, in the hope that they will improve. Well, it doesn’t work like that at all and the sooner we realise it, the better it will be,” he concluded.