Younis: Amir needs domestic success for international return

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05 Jul 2021 | 02:03 PM
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Younis: Amir needs domestic success for international return

Amir played for Karachi Kings in the PSL, but could take only five wickets in 11 matches at an average of 69.80

Amir retired from international play last December, saying he was mentally tortured by his teammates and coaches. The left-arm fast bowler played in the recent Pakistan Super League with minimal success, which further worked against his hopes of coming back to the fold. However, after he reportedly met with Pakistan Cricket Board chief executive Wasim Khan earlier this year, it led to speculation of a return before the Twenty20 World Cup in October.

However, Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis feels it will be tough for paceman Mohammad Amir to make a comeback to international cricket without first impressing domestically.

"No doubt he's a fine cricketer, but if he doesn't want to take his retirement back and impress selectors by playing cricket, it will be hard," Younis told reporters via videoconference from England on Monday.

"It's Pakistan cricket, it's not yours or my cricket (team), you have to do the right things to play for your country. This is not a franchise cricket and one got to remember that."

Younis said he was not aware about any meeting between Khan and Amir. "To be honest, I didn't know about this (meeting). He (Khan) is head of the cricket and he has every right to meet whosoever he wants to see; he went there in his personal capacity and we didn't know about it."

Amir played for Karachi Kings in the PSL but could take only five wickets in 11 matches at an average of 69.80. Karachi was knocked out after losing both of their playoffs.


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