Amir: Pak players scared of asking for break, communication gap with team management

Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir, who has retired from Test cricket to prolong his career in the shorter formats, said communication and understanding need to be better between players and the management.

Amir said people failed to understand his predicament when he returned to cricket after the ban without any training.   -  REUTERS

Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir says players of the national team are scared of asking for a break even when they feel exhausted as they apprehend being dropped from the side altogether due to a “communication gap” with the team management.

Amir, who has retired from Test cricket to prolong his career in the shorter formats, said communication and understanding need to be better between players and the management.

“The problem is that if a player musters the courage to say in Pakistan cricket that he wants to rest, he is dropped, so players are now scared of speaking about it with the management,” he told the News One channel.

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“There is a mindset in Pakistan cricket where players are scared of being dropped from the team. I think this communication gap should be removed between players and the management.

“If a player wants to take a break, he should be happy to speak about it with the management and they should understand his point of view and give him a rest instead of dropping him from the team.”

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Lack of common sense

Dropped from the ongoing tour of New Zealand, Amir reiterated that his decision to retire from Test cricket last year was turned into an unnecessary controversy.

“Mickey Arthur was our head coach, and anyone can ask him this. I was telling him since 2017 that if my workload is not managed, I would have to leave Test cricket,” Amir said.

“After I announced my decision, no one spoke to me for six months about it and controversy was only created around my decision when we lost in Australia.

“... People lack the common sense to understand the situation I was in after returning to cricket from the five-year ban,” he added, referring to the spot-fixing ban that he served.

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Prolonging career

Amir said people failed to understand his predicament when he returned to cricket after the ban without any training.

“Ask the team physio the problems I was facing with my eyes, knees and shoulders, and I kept on telling them to manage my workload. No one listened,” Amir alleged.

“I remember playing in the first match of the World Cup with spasms and after taking painkillers.

“I only decided to retire from Test cricket when I realised my body could not take it, and if I wanted to prolong my career, I had to do something. So I decided to give up Test cricket to prolong my career.”

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More negativity

Amir also lamented being constantly judged for the spot-fixing taint.

“Yes, what happened in 2010 was wrong, and I paid for it by being out of cricket for five years. So much so I couldn’t even play club matches. But people still tend to judge you by the past, not from the present.

“I think only god has the power to be judgemental, and I believe if your conscience is clear, it is okay. But there is more negativity than positivity in Pakistan cricket,” he said.