Did Babar Azam hint at the return of Muhammad Amir in Pakistan team?

Pakistan captain and Karachi Kings’ opener Babar Azam has said that he will speak to Muhammad Amir about his reservations with the team management.

In late 2020, Amir announced his unavailability for the Pakistan side as long as the current management and coaching staff is scrutinised for “mentally torturing him”.

Since then, the 29-year-old left-arm pacer has clarified that he has not officially retired from international cricket and will don the green jersey once again once the current coaches complete their tenure and new coaches fill in their boots.

He also alleged bowling coach Waqar Younus of creating propaganda against him in media and manipulating his decision to retire from Test cricket.

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A year later Amir’s Kings teammate Babar Azam has said that he will speak to the bowler about his concerns. Azam also admitted that the 29-year-old is one of the finest pacers in the world.

Azam told sports journo Saleem Khalid: “When we talk, we’ll discuss what his issues [with the national side] are. He’s one of the best left-arm bowlers and I really admire him. The way he’s performed in the PSL so far, I just hope he performs the same way again, and that’s what we are focused on so far.”

If the left-arm quick returns to the side right after the PSL, Pakistan will have a complete bowling unit entering into the ICC T20 World Cup in October.