ABU DHABI: Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur is still hopeful for the comeback of paceman Muhammad Amir before World Cup 2019 even after his continuous below average performance in one-day internationals (ODI).
After Champions Trophy, Amir managed to bag only five wickets in 14 matches. However, Mickey Arthur still believes in Amir’s talent and temperament.
Arthur said, “Amir has got a big match temperament and we will see how we use him going forward.”
“Pakistan have many hopes from Amir in the upcoming mega-event, he has been aware of England’s pitches and conditions where World Cup will kick off from May 30,” he added.
On Umar Akmal’s comeback, Coach Arthur said, “Umar has improved a lot but added that the flamboyant middle-order batsman will have to undergo a fitness test in an attempt to secure his place in Pakistan’s World Cup squad.”
“Discipline-wise definitely [he has been better now]. I can’t sit here and fault him. He has done very well since he has been in this environment,” he said.
“Umar knows what the standards of this environment are and what is required of him to secure a berth [in the side] going forward. I can’t fault his attitude and the way he has returned,” Arthur further added.
Umar Akmal has scored 48, 16 and 36 in the first three ODIs against Aussies in the ongoing series.