Amir Axed For Australia Showdown

Amir Axed For Australia Showdown

Pace bowler Mohamed Amir has been dropped from the Pakistan squad for the upcoming two-Test series against Australia. The PCB named a 17-man squad for the series against the Baggy Greens in the United Arab Emirates next month with Amir omitted after a disappointing spell, in which he failed to take a wicket in three Asia Cup matches this month.

It’s still a surprise given that the 26-year-old, who was banned for five years in 2011 for spot-fixing, has been involved in all but one of Pakistan’s 20 Tests since making his comeback two years ago.

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But it also seems Amir’s inability to swing the ball on the spin-friendly pitches in the UAE was another key to the decision given that he was omitted from the squad for the one-day international tournament in the Arabian Peninsula.

Left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz has been recalled in Amir’s absence despite the fact he has not played Test cricket since last October.

Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said: “The team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions in the UAE, where Mohammad Amir has been dropped from the side and Wahab Riaz and Mir Hamza come in.”