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CricketMohammad Amir heaps praise on Naseem Shah, takes dig at Shaheen Afridi 

Srinagar: Former Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir has termed Naseem Shah as excellent while as the same time has taken indirect dig at Shaheen Afridi.

Mohammad Amir was speaking about current crop of Pakistan pacer on his Youtube Channel and singled out Naseem Shah from the rest.

“Naseem Shah is a different breed altogether. He outswings the ball as well as in-swing in ODIs. He also tries Yorkers and bouncer with the new ball,” Amir said on his YouTube channel.

“The quality I really admire about him as an ODI bowler is that he knows when and what to bowl according to the particular situation,” he said.

“He is certainly a smart bowler. For instance, he won’t go for a swing delivery when he knows the ball isn’t swinging a lot. This is the difference between Naseem and the rest of the bowlers. Other bowlers try so hard to attain the shape, but Naseem is one of those who read the pitch well. He grasps quickly whether the pitch is demanding swing delivery or a half-length,” he added.

Naseem’s variations is another aspect that has caught the attention of Amir.

“He has quite a lot of variations in his bowling – he can rattle the stumps as well as trap the batter for LBW – because he bowls at a Test length – which is what you require early on in the ODI format,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Amir seem to have continued his cold war with Pakistan star pacer Shaheen Afridi by taking indirect dig at Afridi.

Having been injured and then included in Pakistan squad for T20 World Cup,  Shaheen again suffered knee injury in the T20 World Cup final against England, forcing him to walk off the field. 

Indirectly referencing the situation, former Pakistan cricketer Muhammad Amir stressed on the value of rotation policy and stated that it is essential majorly to secure players from unsummoned injuries. 

“There was no rotation policy back in the day, but it has now finally been adapted and implemented by the management; that too why? Because players were getting injured,” Amir said. 

“In the 2022 World Cup in Australia, quite a few players were injured, and some were even playing while carrying injuries with them. This is the management and player’s job to look after these factors strictly. At the end of the day, your motto is to serve your country and your focus should be how to do it in a better way,” he added.

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