Mohammad Amir “ignores’ his mentor: perhaps he doesn’t need me now, says Asif Bajwa
MUMBAI: Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir’s inclusion in the squad for the tour of New Zealand is seen by his mentor Asif Bajwa as the positive sign. However, what hurts more to Bajwa is that he is now being totally “ignored” by the bowler.
“He has been avoiding my calls. Surprisingly his attitude has now totally been changed towards me. I don’t know why is he not answering my calls. The last I spoke to him was about two months ago and now he has been ignoring me since he became eligible for the selection”, Asif Bajwa, speaking exclusively over his mobile from Pakistan, said.
“For last five years (Amir’s suspension period) I stood behind him and was always boosting his morale. But I think now he doesn’t need me”.
In the remote village of Changa Bangilal, the 1992-born Amir’s talent was first spotted by Bajwa and asked him to join his academy. “Since then I became his family member”.
Bajwa disagreed when asked him whether Amir is following the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) guide-line to not mix with the outsiders. “Do you think I am an outsider? Where was the PCB when Amir was serving the ban period ? Who motivated Amir all these years?” Bajwa asks.
“Anyhow, I wish him all the best for his future. He will turn out to be a key player for Pakistan cricket”.
“Yes, there were few people who were opposing Amir in the side. This was because Amir is working hard without any lobby. In our society we people put pressure on weak people. Like jungle me taqatwer kamzor ko khaaa jata hai (the stronger animal in forests dominate over others)”, the coach and mentor signed off.