Pakistan concerned about Mohammad Amir's workload after pacer's knee troubles return

Waseem Ahmed 14/05/2018
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Amir had to leave the field twice on the third day of the Test against Ireland.

The return of Mohammad Amir’s chronic knee injury has the Pakistan team management concerned.

The left-arm pacer had to leave the field twice during the third day’s play in the ongoing Test against Ireland at Dublin due to fitness issues.

Speaking to the media after the end of the day’s play, Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmoud stated that the side will need to be extremely careful in managing the workload of the pace spearhead.

“Unfortunately, he came back after five years (out) and since he came back he has played every format for us.

“We have to manage his workload as well so maybe that’s a sign for us to in the future to see where he stands. We are working on that, and hopefully we can come up with something,” he said.

“We want him to play Test cricket because he’s our number one bowler and we want him to run in and bowl for us so if workload — I have seen a lot of bowlers and their bodies can’t take it, so they just manage to play one format or two formats. But for him, it’s a concern for us and hopefully we will manage his workload in the future,” Mahmoud added.

Amir had been excellent with the ball on Sunday.

Amir had been excellent with the ball on Sunday.

Amir had to leave the field for the second time while in the middle of his fourth over in Ireland’s second innings but Mahmoud still expects the pacer to be able to bowl on Monday.

The 26-year-old had been excellent with the ball before going off the field. He picked up two Irish wickets in the first innings while conceding only nine runs in his 10 overs before having two catches dropped off his bowling in the second.

“He has got a chronic knee problem which has slightly flared up. Hopefully, he will be ok tomorrow to bowl for us. He’s having treatment and hopefully tonight we will do a bit more treatment, tomorrow morning, ice as well, so he will be fine,” the bowling coach explained.

With the first Test against England at Lord’s just a week away, Pakistan will be hoping Amir can overcome his injury troubles quickly.

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Pakistan contend with Mohammad Amir injury scare as Ireland fight back in Dublin Test

Waseem Ahmed 13/05/2018
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Ireland fought back in the opening Test against Pakistan after being forced to follow in the Dublin Test.

Pakistan seamer Mohammad Abbas picked up four wickets while leg-spinner Shadab Khan took three as the hosts were shot out for 130 following Pakistan’s first-inning declaration on 310 for nine.

Since the first day’s play was washed out, the follow on mark was 150 and not the usual 200. Sarfraz Ahmed duly enforced the follow on but Ireland showed a lot more fight in the second outing with openers William Porterfield and Paul Stirling adding 61 for the unbroken opening stand.

PAKISTAN MARCH ON

Pakistan all-rounder Faheem Ashraf had led Pakistan’s fightback on the second day, which was the first day of the Test following the opening day washout, along with Shadab. Pakistan started the day on 268 for six but leg-spinner Shadab was dismissed for a dodgy lbw decision on 55 against the bowling of seamer Tim Murtagh.

It was left to Ashraf to take the total past 300 and he did that during his knock of 83 on his Test debut. Pakistan declared their inning soon after.

ABBAS WRECKS IRELAND LINE-UP

While all eyes were on left-arm quick Mohammad Amir on a lively surface, it was the nagging line of seamer Abbas that did all the damage as he snared three top order wickets – Ed Joyce, Andy Balbirine and Niall O’Brien – lbw.

Once Faheem had Paul Stirling as his maiden Test wicket, Ireland were staring down the barrel at 36-5.

Leg-spinner Shadab (3-31) finished off the lower order while Amir ended up with fantastic figures of 2-9 from 10 overs as Ireland were bowled out for just 130 in 47.2 overs, allowing captain Sarfraz to enforce the follow on.

TROUBLE FOR AMIR

Following on, Ireland gave a much better account of themselves as they reached 64 for no loss at stumps, with Joyce unbeaten on 39 and captain William Porterfield on 23.

The fitness of pace ace Amir was the main concern for Pakistan as he went off the field twice. Amir had pulled out of the attack earlier as well. Last year in the Dubai Test against Sri Lanka, Amir walked off the field after complaining of pain in his leg.

On Sunday, Amir failed to finish his fourth over, which was finished by Shadab.

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Pakistan board to investigate Test jumper mystery in Dublin

Waseem Ahmed 13/05/2018
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The Pakistan Cricket Board on Sunday promised to investigate the issue of missing stripes in Pakistan‘s Test sweater.

Pakistan are currently playing Ireland in Dublin in the host country’s inaugural Test. However, their official kit raised many eyebrows as the sweater was missing the tradition green stripes.

The matter was pointed out by former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram on social media, who said: “Where is the green stripe gone from our sweater? Not cool.”

Replying to his post, the Pakistan board said: “Thank you for pointing this out. We are going to seriously inquire into the matter.”

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