DUBLIN: Pakistan cricket team head coach Mickey Arthur firmly believes that left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir will play a pivotal role in the national team’s success during their upcoming tours of Ireland and England.
Arthur revealed that Amir will enjoy a lot of success if he gets the ball to swing and bowls “slightly fuller”.
Pakistan’s Test match against Ireland, which will get underway on May 11 in Dublin, will be a historic fixture as it will be the latter’s first-ever Test match.
As for their tour of England, it will consist of two Tests, with the first beginning on May 24 at Lord’s. The second Test will be held at Headingley in Leeds on June 1.
“Amir has trained hard, we have had four weeks of tough training in Lahore and he will be here and could feature in the game [against Kent],” Arthur was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder. “He is our number one bowler. We back him in tough situations and he generally gets it done for us.
“We need him to get the ball swinging and get his length slightly fuller, and if he does that he will ask a lot of questions [of the batsmen].”
Meanwhile, with the West Indies recently having toured Pakistan for a three-match Twenty20 series, Arthur hopes it will encourage other teams to tour the country.
“The passion and excitement of Pakistanis to see international cricket at home was amazing and for our players to play in front of their people and families was amazing too,” he said. “Hope these tours [to Pakistan] open up doors for international cricket in Pakistan.”