PAK vs NZ: Amir can’t guarantee not repeating mistakes

The left-arm pacer admitted that a lethal combination of pace bowling is in the making

April 22, 2024
Mohammad Amir speaks during an interview. - PCB

RAWALPINDI: Mohammad Amir, who was banned for spot-fixing during 2010 away series in England, Sunday said ‘to err is human’ and he cannot guarantee any repeat of mistakes he had committed earlier in his career.

When asked by a sports scribe as to whether he could say that Amir would not repeat mistakes he had committed previously, he said he could not guarantee that.

“No one could guarantee that. To err is human as I am not in a position to guarantee anything like that. We can only try and that is in my power,” Amir said.

The left-arm pacer admitted that a lethal combination of pace bowling is in the making.

“With Shaheen and Naseem, I think we can form one of the best fast-bowling combination. Pakistan is lucky to have such a pace attack going into the World Cup. The onus is now on us to perform to the satisfaction of Pakistani fans. Hopefully, the best efforts will be made to win the Cup. My effort will be to contribute in the best possible way to see Pakistan bowling to its best ability.”

New Zealand made a stunning comeback in the five-match T20I series courtesy of Mark Chapman who led the visitors to victory in Rawalpindi on Sunday.

The series is now level at 1-1 with two matches remaining in Lahore. The matches are scheduled on April 25 and 27 at the Gaddafi Stadium.

New Zealand had a great start to the 179-run target with openers Tim Robinson (28) and Tim Seifert (21), scoring 42 runs for the first wicket.

The home side looked to stage a comeback with back-to-back dismissals by Naseem Shah and Abbas Afridi but Chapman, paired with Dean Foxcroft had their plans.

The left-hander was the aggressor in the partnership of 117 runs while Foxcroft supported him brilliantly. Chapman reached his eighth fifty in this format and finished on an unbeaten score of 87. He stroked nine fours and four sixes in his 42-ball innings

Foxcroft made 31 off 29 balls with the chase completing in the 19th over.

Earlier, the hosts started well with Saim Ayub dominating the visitors. The opening duo of Saim and Babar made 54-0. Saim was caught by James Neesham off Ish Sodhi's bowling after scoring 32 runs from 22 balls at a strike rate of 145.45.

Meanwhile, in a 62-run partnership with Irfan Khan, Shadab stroked 41 runs off 20 balls with the help of six boundaries. Irfan finished not-out on 20-ball 30, smashing three fours and a six.