'As a bowler, I don't feel Babar is a threat in T20s,' says Amir

Amir said his opinion was given a wrong angle

By Web Desk
May 29, 2023
Mohammad Amir with Babar Azam in English domestic season - Somerset

Pakistan's former fast bowler Mohammad Amir said Babar Azam's fans call him out just because of his thoughts on batter's impact in T20 format. 

Amir has suffered massive criticism over his thoughts on Babar's impact in the shorter format. Before Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 8, Amir said bowling to Babar or a tailender batter would be the same for him as he is solely focused on his job, which is to take a wicket.

His statement put him under a lot of criticism which forced him to give clarifications later on. 

During Geo News show Hasna Mana Hai, Amir was once again asked about his statement on Babar followed by all the criticism. 

"First of all, Babar is not my ex-fiance that I won't like him," he replied while laughing. 

"Babar is playing for five years and we never had heated argument. There is always a mutual understanding between us and being a junior, he has always given me respect," he added. 

Amir said his opinion was given a wrong angle. "I have always said that he is a great batter in Tests and ODIs. In T20s, I have a different opinion related to him. As a bowler, I don't feel Babar is a threat in T20s," he shared. 

"Now if someone gives wrong angle to this statement then I can only pray for his guidance," he concluded. 

Earlier this month, Amir clarified this matter on his YouTube channel. "First of all, I would like to ask those who have misrepresented this matter. Show me one interview in which I said that Babar is an average player or a tailender. In all my interviews, I have called him the best batsman of Pakistan, which I am saying with my own mouth, and have said in many places, that it is difficult to bowl against him in ODI and Test matches due to his technique. So, would I call him a tailender? Let me make it clear to these people," he had said.

"My point was that whether it's Babar or a number 11 playing, taking wickets is important for me because it benefits the team. For example, if 12 runs are needed in the last 2 overs and 8 wickets are down, then tailenders are the ones playing, right? So they are also equally important to dismiss. That was my point. For me, every wicket is important whether it is Babar's or a tailender's."