T20 World Cup: Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir, once tipped to be better than Wasim Akram, now making another comeback at 32

Former prodigy and current grizzled veteran's coach Asif Bajwa recalls his ward's journey — from the infamous spot-fixing episode to the latest comeback and everything that went on in between.

May 30, 2024 - 08:24
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T20 World Cup: Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir, once tipped to be better than Wasim Akram, now making another comeback at 32
T20 World Cup: Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir, once tipped to be better than Wasim Akram, now making another comeback at 32

Pakistan cricket’s golden boy had crossed the sacrosanct line – at the home of cricket, no less – and was now facing the repercussions. But despite the three months in prison and a five-year ban from the sport, which many in Pakistan wished to last a lifetime, Amir’s coach and mentor since childhood wasn’t hesitant in proclaiming, “He will be back.”

13 years have passed, eight since Amir made ‘the comeback’, and four since he announced retirement from international cricket, and after all that’s unfolded, what’s surprised Bajwa even more is that the left-arm fast bowler will once again don the Pakistan green at the 2024 T20 World Cup.

“Them asking him to return from his retirement in 2024 is more shocking for us. It feels like they haven’t prepared well. You don’t have the bowlers. Jabhi inko naubat aayi na (It’s why the situation has come to this)…why else would they call him?” Bajwa rips into Pakistan cricket’s decision makers.

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Jennifer Winget As a passionate news reporter, I am fueled by an insatiable curiosity and an unwavering commitment to truth. With a keen eye for detail and a relentless pursuit of stories, I strive to deliver timely and accurate information that empowers and engages readers.