Babar Azam

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam suggested he will talk to Mohammad Amir regarding the latter’s retirement when the two players join forces for the Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The left-arm pacer announced his retirement from international cricket in December last year but continues to play franchise cricket around the globe.

With the second phase of the PSL 2021 about to start, Mohammad Amir will soon be in action for the defending champions, Karachi Kings. Babar Azam, in an interview with Cricket Pakistan, said he will speak to Amir about his problems when he gets the opportunity.

“I haven’t spoken to him yet [regarding retirement] but we will discuss the problems he is facing when I get the opportunity to talk to him, He is one of the best left-arm bowlers [in the world] and I really like him. I’m hopeful that he continues to perform well in the upcoming second half of PSL,” he said.

Last year, Mohammad Amir claimed that he wouldn’t be able to play for the nation with the ‘current mindset’ of the coaching staff. He was unhappy with how head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis treated him and alleged that he was dropped not because of his performances.

While the 27-year-old is keen to take the Karachi Kings to back-to-back titles, Babar pointed out that they have one eye on the upcoming T20 World Cup as well. He said the PSL will help them in identifying players for the mega event, which will take place in October-November 2021.

“We have this tournament [PSL] to identify players who can fit into the Pakistan team. We will keep an eye on it and definitely consider them as we want to do whatever is best for the team,” he added.

Karachi Kings currently sit atop the PSL 2021 table with six points, with three other teams also have the same number of points. However, the Imad Wasim-led side is leading based on net run rate.

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