Shaheen Shah Afridi is the best bowler of Pakistan at this time, there is little argument about this. But if the question is, which left-handed pacer has painted the world in Pakistan’s jersey before Shaheen? Mohammad Amir’s name may be on everyone’s lips.
In 2010, Amir made a comeback despite being punished for spot-fixing in the Lord’s Test. But lost the previous edge. Among these, he was one of the heroes of Pakistan’s Champions Trophy win in 2017. After that, the career in the national team could not be long. At one point, due to conflict with the cricket board, this star pacer announced his unexpected retirement.
However, the star is rumored to return to the national team ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup. One of the reasons behind this is Shaheen Afridi, the captain of Pakistan’s T20 team. This discussion has arisen due to the fact that Amir and Shaheen Afridi are playing in the same team in this year’s edition of IL T20 in Abu Dhabi. Pakistan’s cricket website Cricket Pakistan says that Shaheen, the captain of Pakistan’s T20 team, wants to return Amir to the Pakistan T20 World Cup team.
These two left-arm pacers are playing ILT-20 for Desert Vipers. After five long years, Shaheen-Amir entered the field together for one team. Then Shaheen Afridi himself spoke about Amir’s return to the national team.
Shaheen Afridi joined the social media X (formerly Twitter) Saya Corporation at an event. There, the captain of Pakistan’s T20 team faced questions about Amir’s return to the national team.
In reply, Shaheen Afridi said, ‘I will talk to Mohammad Amir and ask him whether he wants to return to the Pakistan national team or not. I am talking to him after almost five years. The feeling of bowling with him was amazing, our partnership was also great.’
However, whether or not Amir wants to return to the national team has become a big question. In an interview given to the media recently, Amir said, leaving the Pakistan team in the past, he has now moved forward. He wants to do something different in life.
When asked whether he will return to the national team or not, Amir then said, ‘This discussion (return to the national team) is over for me. After being out for three years I don’t think it would be good to go back. But I don’t know what the next few years will hold.’
Originally in 2020, Amir announced his retirement from international cricket due to conflict with Pakistan’s then head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis. At that time he claimed that injustice was done to him.
Amir has taken 11 wickets in 6 matches so far for Desert Vipers in this edition of IL T20.