PAK vs NZ: Mohammad Amir praises Babar Azam, management for positive team environment

The left-armer returned to international cricket after almost four years

By Web Desk
April 21, 2024
Mohammad Amir (R) celebrates with Babar Azam after taking a wicket. — PCB

Pakistan’s left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir praised skipper Babar Azam and the team management for creating a positive environment in the dressing room as the 2024 T20 World Cup approaches.

Amir, 31, made his comeback to international cricket after almost four years as he took his retirement back after an impressive outing in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2024.

Pakistan defeated New Zealand in the second T20I comfortably as the Green Shirts bundled the visitors out for just 90 runs in the first innings and ended up chasing the target with 47 balls to spare with Mohammad Rizwan top-scoring for the winning side.

After the match, Amir held a press conference where he hailed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) management and Babar, saying that they have played their part in creating a positive team environment which would be crucial as the World Cup is coming.

“In the previous video that I recorded with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), I gave them credit to their management. The current management, which includes Azhar [Ali] bhai, [Mohammad] Yousuf bhai, Wahab [Riaz] bhai, and Babar [Azam] is the captain they are all trying to create a positive environment and I think that at this time, the team’s atmosphere is very good,” Amir said after the match.

“The seniors and juniors are getting along well. Our goal is to win the World Cup and that is our only focus and we believe that if we keep the team’s environment great, we will be able to deliver for the team greatly.”

Remember, Amir, who was playing his first match for Pakistan since 2019, came to bowl and struck in his first over, removing Tim Robinson for just four runs.

Amir continued to trouble the visitor’s batting lineup as in his second over, he took the wicket of Dean Foxcroft with skipper Babar Azam taking a simple catch.

He ended his spell with the figures of 2/13 in three overs and was crucial for the Pakistani bowling lineup.