Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has admitted that the pressure is mounting on left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir due to his disappointing run of form with the ball since last year’s Champions Trophy.
In the 10 games he has played since Pakistan won the tournament, Amir has only taken six wickets at an average of 46.16.
Despite conceding that Amir is under pressure, Arthur felt that the 26-year-old bowled well in Pakistan’s Asia Cup clash against India.
Amir went wicketless in the match, but only conceded 23 runs from the six overs he bowled.
“Of course there is [pressure on Amir]. I’d be lying if I sat here and said there wasn’t,” Arthur was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz. “I had a really good, long, hard chat with him last night and I thought he came out and bowled really well today.
“He hit the crease really hard. He ran in well. He’s been stopping ,he’s been decelerating to the crease, but he didn’t do that today. Today he seemed more fluent, there was little bit more pace there. And I was comfortable, he bowled well tonight.”