Published On: Sat, Apr 9th, 2016

Azhar believes Amir is still Pakistan’s best bowler


Muhammad Amir

Azhar Mahmood, the ex-Pakistan all-rounder, considers that left-hand pacer Muhammad Amir was the best bowler of Pakistan five years ago and still he is the same because not any other bowler tried to work hard to get that title.

British citizen stated that “Amir was Pakistan’s best bowler five years ago,” he further stated that “He still is Pakistan’s best bowler because he is dedicated and hardworking. He has played no cricket for five years but is still our best bowler. His wrist position is so good and he wants to prove a point. This commitment is missing from some of the other bowlers.”

Mahmood further criticized other bowlers with the question that “What have the other bowlers been doing for the past five years?” he continued by saying “If they are not willing to learn or change things, then coaches cannot go out there and bowl for the team; it is down to the players. I can pass on my experience and tell them what to do but it’s down to the bowlers to execute the plans. Our plans included yorkers and slower balls, but the bowlers failed to execute these plans.”

His criticism continued as, “I worked with Anwar Ali recently regarding his wrist position and his back leg not being stable but at the end of the day the bowlers need to do on the pitch what the coaches have told them. At the end of the day a coach can only help and give advice.”

Mahmood has advices for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that it requires to develop a positive atmosphere to make the mind-set of players.

His statement was as, “I made some points to the PCB in a report I submitted to them,” Azhar was of the view that there is much negativity in the team, “One of the points I addressed was that the PCB needs to hire a sports psychologist to get the players mind-set right and get their thinking to be a lot more positive. There’s too much negativity in the Pakistan dressing room and that needs to be eradicated.”

The 41 year old further quoted as, “There needs to be more self-belief amongst our cricketers and that is missing at the moment. The players need to believe more in themselves and believe that they can win from any situation, which is lacking these days.”

Pakistani players need more serious practice and efforts in training. The fully qualified English cricketer added that “My other main recommendation to the Board was for the players’ work ethic to be improved and for players to take practice a lot more seriously and also to practice a lot harder instead of going through the motions,” wrote Azhar. “There needs to be more dedication and hard work from the current crop of Pakistani cricketers.”

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.