Mohammad Amir to face test of patience and character
Now that the PCB has picked Mohammad Amir to play international cricket again, the onus is on his captains - Shahid Afridi and Azhar Ali - to make him feel comfortable in the dressing room.
His own team-mates also have a role to play in making Amir feel part of the team and the whole set-up.
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Current internationals should be mature enough to understand all of this, but then we have already seen players protest his inclusion, so the road will not be a smooth one.
Amir will be tested against some quality batsmen like Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum (although he is not available for the T20s) and Kane Williamson. Guptill will look to attack Amir from ball one; New Zealand will keep playing an attacking brand of cricket because that’s the only way they can win a match or series.
Guptill has also faced Amir before, so he knows what is coming at him. An improved Guptill and an improved New Zealand side are waiting for Pakistan .
However, conditions in New Zealand are tailor-made for Amir and he has toured New Zealand before, so he is aware of how the tracks behave, especially the Wellington wicket.
Good carry to the wicket-keeper and zip through the wicket...it’s all in Amir's bowling action. It comes at you as a batsman and he makes you play every ball.
He will be hoping that the next few months pass quickly. Once he settles down, he will be more willing to experiment with his bowling and be more pro-active.
Amir's patience and his own character will be tested on this tour. A great opportunity has been handed to him to settle himself back into an arena in which his kind of talent belongs.
Not many cricketers in the history of the game have received this kind of opportunity before. His attitude and approach will keep him in the team for an extended period, even if he is not performing with the ball in his hand. It is now time for him to show awareness and intelligence.
We all know that he is passionate about bowling, but history will not remember him for that; history will remember him for how he responded to all that was thrown at him by his critics.
He should be mindful of the fact that the same organisation and people who have given him this chance, could equally take it away and finish him as a player, should he transgress in any way again.
Power ultimately lies in the hands of the people who run sporting organisations.
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