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Former Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail has admitted that Pakistan need to “pick and choose” the matches that left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir plays in order to ensure he doesn’t break down.
There have been concerns about whether Amir’s body can withstand the hardships of all three formats of the game as he suffered from a knee issue during the historic Test against Ireland.
In the second Test against England at Headingley, he sustained a shoulder niggle.
Despite asking for time off after the series, Amir’s request was not granted as head coach Mickey Arthur wants him to feature in the upcoming limited overs tour of Zimbabwe.
Pakistan will take on Zimbabwe and Australia in a Twenty20 tri-series before playing a five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe.
“There has been a lot of debate and a few rumours flying around Mohammad Amir’s suitability for playing all 3 formats of the game but let’s face it – Pakistan does not have the sort of bench strength which will allow us to replace him completely from any one format of the game and especially Tests,” Sohail wrote in his blog for PakPassion. “He has established a reputation for being a master bowler which Pakistan cannot afford to not have in their line-up but to me the way around it is to for the administration to play smart.
“Pakistan need to pick and choose the matches Mohammad Amir will play and simply use him for games that matter instead of blindly putting him in the line-up for each game they play. To me this is the intelligent way forward and let me say that I have a feeling that apart from Amir, there may be more players who also prefer not to play Tests, so the administration needs to devise a way to deal with this situation.”