Misbah-ul-Haq unhappy at the unavailability of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz for Tests

Sport360 staff 09:49 18/12/2019
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Pakistan’s head coach Misbah-ul-Haq is unhappy that experienced fast bowlers like Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz chose to retire from Test cricket and stated that the Pakistan Cricket Board is considering bringing in a policy that would tie down players to be available for the national team across formats.

27-year-old Amir announced his retirement from Tests in July 2019, in order to focus on his white ball career.

Wahab Riaz, a senior pro at the age of 34, stated in September that he would be taking a break from red-ball cricket and made himself unavailable even for the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Pakistan’s domestic first-class tournament.

Their decisions did have an immediate impact on Pakistan as they had to name a pace attack that comprised of three inexperienced teenagers – Nasir Shah, Muhammad Musa and Shaheen Shah Afridi – for the tour of Australia.

Pakistan Cricket board reportedly considered asking Amir to come out of retirement to play in Australia but backed out.

“We are thinking deeply on these lines, and we will make a policy on this very soon,” Misbah said, referring to the lack of experience in Pakistan’s bowling attack.

“Going forward this might become a problem for Pakistan, because when you invest so much in the players, on their development, and expect them to give back, they leave the game and it’s not the right way to go about it. Your resources are consumed for their development and we need a certain policy to make sure players should be available for Pakistan first.”

Pakistan suffered a humiliating series loss Down Under as they fell to back-to-back defeats by an innings at the hands of Tim Paine’s Australia. Their inexperienced bowling attack was put to the sword by the Australian top-order as the pacers managed to pick seven wickets between them in two Tests.

Pakistan are currently involved in a home series against Sri Lanka. They’ll be playing their second and final Test of the series on Thursday at Karachi after the first Test ended in a draw.

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