Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was at pains on Sunday to dismiss suggestions that Mohammad Amir’s agitated gesticulation after the defeat against India was a result of his frustration at his teammates.
Even if it was, Pakistan’s pace spearhead could hardly be faulted. The 27-year-old left-arm quick has found himself saddled with the burden of a misfiring bowling unit, which simply refuses to complement his effort.
Pacers hunt in pairs but Amir has been Pakistan’s lone ranger with the ball with no significant assistance from the other end.
Figures from Pakistan’s last two matches, against Australia and India, prove how toothless the attack is without Amir.
In those two defeats, Amir returned a combined figure of 20-3-77-8 while others put together managed an embarrassing 79-0-554-7.
With 13 wickets from four matches, Amir shares the top wicket-taker’s position with Australian Mitchell Starc.
Pakistan left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir has pleaded with people not to “use bad words” against his teammates.
Amir’s plea on Twitter comes after Pakistan lost to arch-rivals India by 89 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in their World Cup clash on Sunday.
Instead of lashing out at the players, Amir called on fans to show support and faith that Pakistan will turn their World Cup campaign around.
“Please don’t use bad words [against] the players. Yes, you guys can criticise our performance [but] we will bounce back InshAllah. We need your support,” he tweeted.
Pls dont use bad words for the players yes u guys can criticise our performance we will bounce back InshAllah we need ur support ???
— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) June 17, 2019