Former Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal has taken a swipe at his former teammate Mohammad Amir over the latter’s retirement fiasco. The former Pakistan pacer had announced his retirement from international cricket last year and had made it clear he wouldn’t make a comeback until the current team management leaves.
The 29-year-old has had his issues with bowling coach Waqar Younis and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq. Though he still has intentions to represent Pakistan, Amir believes the veteran duo didn’t back him enough and accused him of not being committed to the Pakistan national team.
During a chat with Cricket Pakistan, he opened up about Mohammad Amir’s entire retirement episode. Although Saeed Ajmal, like many others, didn’t have the exact details, he believes Amir shouldn’t have spoken the way he did about Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis.
“From what he is saying, it looks like he was dealt unfairly. But I don’t know what happened between him and team management behind the scenes. He is saying that he will only play for Pakistan after Misbah and Waqar leave their post as head coach and bowling coach. Aise logo ka aisa hi hota hai (such players suffer exactly this way),” he said.
Ajmal further gave Amir a piece of advice. He believes that the pacer should let the ball do the talking instead of giving controversial statements, as that would only make his chances of a Pakistan comeback more difficult. He also said that Mohammad Amir made the decision to retire too early and out of sheer desperation.
“It is not right for a player to ask for the removal of a coach. Amir should focus on his performance and cement his place before making such demands. Amir had given his retirement out of desperation but now he is thinking of coming back. If he has made his decision to retire, then he should stick to it,” he asserted.