‘Papa Mickey Arthur will not always be there to safeguard you’ – Shoaib Akhtar slams Mohammad Amir for not showing maturity

Shoaib Akhtar commented that Mohammad Amir must grow up as he needs to realize that the team management is not according to his wishes.

Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Amir
Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Amir

Former Pakistan speedster Mohammad Amir sparked controversies when he suddenly announced his retirement from international cricket. Some members of the cricket fraternity supported his decision while the others lambasted him for making several comments against the team management. 

Mohammad Amir accused Pakistan’s team’s head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and other management members of mishandling and mentally torturing him.

Recently, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar slammed the 29-year old for not behaving maturely. The Rawalpindi Express pointed out that Amir needs to grow up as ‘papa’ Mickey Arthur, the former Pakistan head coach, will not always be there to safeguard him. 

“Sometimes you have good days and sometimes you have bad days. Amir should have realized that papa Mickey Arthur will not always be there to safeguard him. Sometimes you have to grow up. I am saying this for Amir. Sometimes you have to grow up.

“You don’t let it go but you are mature enough to realize that the management is not according to my wishes, now I have to raise my performance and level of hard work. The management was also against Hafeez. What did Hafeez do that was different? He just made runs and nothing else. He didn’t give the management an envelope full of cash. Amir should have learned from Hafeez,” Akhtar said while speaking on PTV Sports.

“Never doubt those players who have won games for you in the past” – Amir

Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir

In a recent interview with Cricwick, Mohammad Amir reckoned that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should have handled his talent in a better manner. He slammed the apex body for not backing him during the tough phases of his career.

“Never doubt those players who have won games for you in the past. Never doubt their ability due to statistics. Rather than focusing too much on statistics, you must see whether the player has the ability to win games for Pakistan from difficult situations. When a player is in a bad phase, that is when the team management and fans need to back him the most,” Mohammad Amir said in an interview with Crickwick.

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