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Ex-Pakistan spinner Iqbal Qasim believes that left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir is “getting back to his usual best”.
Qasim’s comments come after Amir took two wickets in the national team’s World Cup win over South Africa on Sunday.
With Amir dismissing Proteas opener Hashim Amla and captain Faf du Plessis for two and 63 respectively, he became the joint-highest wicket-taker in the World Cup with 15 victims at an average of 14.60.
Qasim is delighted Amir has made his presence felt at the tournament, especially since between the conclusion of the Champions Trophy in 2017 and prior to the start of the World Cup, he had taken five wickets in 15 ODIs at an average of 92.60.
“The most important thing in the match was Mohammad Amir’s extraordinary performance. With each passing day, Amir is getting back to his usual best,” Qasim told The Nation. “The way he provided Amla’s wicket, the match was almost in Pakistan’s pocket, but the most dangerous thing was the amount of catches dropped by the Pakistani fielders, which is an alarming situation.
“I [have] long [been] advocating the inclusion of Amir and Wahab in Pakistan’s squad and everyone saw that they have started delivering.”
Pakistan’s next World Cup match will be against New Zealand at Edgbaston on Wednesday.