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Arthur backs Amir's inclusion in T20 World Cup squad

Arthur backs Amir's inclusion in T20 World Cup squad

Former Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur believes Mohammad Amir is vital to Pakistan’s chances of succeeding in the T20 World Cup later this year. Arthur, who now coaches Sri Lanka, advised his successor Misbah-ul-Haq to include Amir in the T20I setup if the team needs to earn their second title.

“I wouldn’t imagine Pakistan going to the World T20 without Amir. He is a match-winner. If you leave him out of the fray you potentially are sacrificing chances of winning the tournament,” Arthur said.

Amir was recently left out of Pakistan’s T20I squad for the series against Bangladesh with many speculating that his absence was linked to the left-armer’s decision to bow out of Test cricket. Arthur also touched upon Amir’s controversial Test retirement and claimed to notice his dying hunger for the five-day format during his tenure.