Amir has lost his swing: coach reveals how he’ll help bowler regain form
After a difficult Asia Cup campaign, Mohammad Amir will hope that a return to Pakistani first-class cricket can turn his fortunes around with the ball.
He went wicket-less in the three matches he played in the tournament and was subsequently – and somewhat surprisingly give he’s been a shoo-in since his reintegration into the side – dropped for games against Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
Amir will turn out for Sui Southern Gas Corporation (SSGC) in October in a bid to regain his form, and SSGC coach Atiq uz Zaman believes his time with the club will prove to be beneficial for the 26-year old.
“Amir has lost his swing and we are looking to work on it,” Atiq told Cricbuzz on Sunday. “We have Kabir Khan, one of the finest of his time, as a bowling coach with us.
“We will sit with Amir and work on his wrist position, his usage of the crease, and other technical aspects of the game. We are in a process of devising a complete plan for him and have had discussions about what needs to be done.”
Amir has averaged over 100 with the ball in ODIs this year, and Atiq insinuated that Amir’s dip in form is partly a mental issue. “When a bowler is not picking up a wicket, his stress starts building up and it gets to a point where he starts to doubt his ability.
“His confidence has been shaken. Playing first-class cricket, Amir will not have that sort of pressure on him to win us matches. We will tell him to enjoy his cricket, allowing him the room to express himself. Amir is keen to return to domestic cricket. In fact, he was the one who reached out to us to express his desire to return to SSGC for the ongoing season.”