SSGC coach determined to help Mohammad Amir rediscover lost form
Mohammad Amir (Getty Images)

The swing of Mohammad Amir that once made him a threat has gone missing and that is something that has cost Pakistan dearly. Since delivering that memorable match-winning spell against India during last year’s Champions Trophy, the left-armer has endured tough outings against New Zealand and Zimbabwe, where in seven matches, Amir picked up three wickets. His biggest disappointment however was the Asia Cup, where he went wicketless in three matches before Pakistan were eliminated. He was subsequently left out for the two-Test series against Australia.

To rediscover his mojo, Amir will now switch to domestic cricket, where he will join his department Sui Southern Gas Corporation, and for head coach Atiq ul Zaman, the top priority is to make Amir threatening again by helping him find his swing and zip back. Atiq had worked with Amir in 2015 prior to his international return.

“Amir has lost his swing and we are looking to work on it,” Atiq told Cricbuzz on Sunday. “We have Kabir Khan, one of the finest of his time, as a bowling coach with us. We will sit with Amir and work on his wrist position, his usage of the crease, and other technical aspects of the game. We are in a process of devising a complete plan for him and have had discussions about what needs to be done.”

The Asia Cup was Amir’s most abysmal performance since his return to competitive cricket in 2015. He bowled 18 overs in which he conceded 84 runs while failing to pick up a single wicket in the tournament. He was dropped against Afghanistan and the virtual semi-final against Bangladesh.

“I had called against Amir’s inclusion in the national team after just playing the qualifying round of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy [Pakistan's premier first-class tournament],” Atiq said. “He used to get fatigued after a match.” The need for more matches prior to his return to international cricket is something that Amir had also admitted in an interview before the Asia Cup.

“It is cruel on the players. We have been saying this, but the administrators don’t pay any heed to us. We are fielding different bowling units for the first-class and list-A games. We plan to do the same with Amir. We will play him in four-day matches initially. Then rest him for a first-class game so he can play white-ball cricket. We need to get him back where he was in the white-ball cricket because that is where he can be the most effective for Pakistan.”