Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has expressed his concerns about Mohammad Amir’s recent bowling form but remains confident of left-armer’s attributes ahead of the World Cup in England and Wales this year.
Since the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final, Amir has managed to take only five wickets across 14 ODIs.
“Yes, Amir’s form is a worry and nobody is more worried than Amir,” said Arthur.
“I still think he is an incredibly skilled bowler and has all the attributes to be successful. He has got a big match temperament and we will see how we use him going forward.”
When asked about Umer Akmal, who has been in the headlines for disciplinary issues, Arthur said there was a change.
“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 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.”
However, the head coach admitted that the middle-order batsman has to work on his fitness to be eligible for the World Cup squad.
“The fitness has got better but has work to do in fitness. The fitness test is on 14 April and to be eligible to go for World Cup, you need to pass that fitness test."
Pakistan have rested six players including regular skipper Sarfraz Ahmed for the Australia series to provide an opportunity to other leading performers to stake a claim. Other five players rested include Hasan Ali, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Shadab Khan.
Australia currently lead the five-match series 2-0. The third ODI will be played on March 27 in Abu Dhabi.