Pakistan’s new team director, Mohammad Hafeez, discussed his meetings with retiring cricketers Imad Wasim and Mohammad Amir on Tuesday. Cricket fans worldwide were shocked when Amir, 28, abruptly retired in 2020 after a career of fame and scandal. Hafeez reveals retired Imad Wasim, and Mohammad Amir chat. Hafeez said he advised Amir to play domestic cricket if he wanted to represent Pakistan again.
Hafeez reveals retired Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir chat
I phoned Mohammad Amir and told him to withdraw from retirement and play domestic cricket to play for Pakistan. Good performance will get you into the Pakistan team. I guarantee equal opportunity for you once you join the company. He claimed he has moved on and his objectives have changed, which we must respect, Hafeez said. In a media interview earlier this year, Amir confirmed his retirement, saying the next generation should lead.
“How do I expect to return after retiring? Without retiring, I could have stated I’m hopeful. The team has youthful players, and I’m old “Amir stated.
An outstanding eight-year career ended last week when Wasim unexpectedly retired from international cricket. Hafeez said he had approached Wasim to suggest a central contract. After considering the offer, Wasim informed Hafeez of his inability to play in the New Zealand series and retired two days later.
Imad Wasim should play for Pakistan cricket, I told him in a phone call. I asked for his availability, and he said he would consider it and let me know. I received a message two days later indicating he was unavailable for the New Zealand series. Imad Wasim retired two days later, Hafeez added.
He said, “I acknowledge his services for Pakistan cricket and wish him well for the future.
Wasim’s retirement surprised many because the left-handed all-rounder is still in good shape and played brilliantly in Pakistan’s previous T20I series against New Zealand. One of the top performers in Pakistan Super League (PSL) Season 8, the left-handed hitter scored 404 runs in 10 innings at 134.66 and 170.46 while capturing nine wickets.
Rashid Latif, former Pakistani captain, advised Wasim to reconsider retiring because he is the best spinner. Rashid Latif called Imad an effective player on X and encouraged Team Director Mohammad Hafeez to bring him back.