ISLAMABAD: Former all-rounder Azhar Mahmud feels pacer Muhammad Amir should play more domestic cricket saying this way it will give his body more time to get stronger and avoid the situation where he breaks down with an injury when playing international cricket.
Azhar said Amir is doing very well in the Quad-e-Azam Trophy qualifying rounds with plenty of wickets to his name.
“I am pleased with Amir’s performance but I would still like him to play more domestic cricket as unfortunately, taking wickets in domestic cricket is relatively easy,” Pakpassion.net quoted him as saying.
Azhar said given a bowler of Amir’s talent and the domestic conditions, one would expect him to take wickets with ease.
“Remember he is bowling again after a gap of five years and his body has to adjust to such stresses put on it after such a long time,” he said.
Azhar said he believes it would be best if Amir is allowed to play one complete season before being considered for any international assignment.
“This way it will give his body time to get stronger and avoid the situation where he breaks down with an injury when playing international cricket,” he said adding then that would indeed be a big loss for Pakistan.
Azhar said the fact that Amir is performing so well at the domestic level must also be putting pressure on some of the other bowlers who are already part of the national side.
“This type of healthy competition can only be good news for Pakistan cricket as it makes all the bowlers work harder and perform better to hold their positions in the team,” he said.
Speaking about Pakistani spinners reported for illegal bowling actions, Azhar said Pakistan spinners seem to be most affected by the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) new rules.
“The question is that what the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is doing about this affliction. My view is simple, the issues with bowling actions need to be sorted at the domestic level and not left to be discovered at the international level,” he said.
Azhar said the PCB, therefore, needs to take strong action and clampdown on such actions at the domestic level to avoid embarrassment at the international stage.