Head coach Misbah-ul-Haq said he will accept Mohammad Amir if he takes back retirement and gains his form back while playing in domestic cricket.
Speaking to reporters in Lahore on Monday, Misbah said he has always supported Amir when he was captain and even as a coach on England tour.
“Being a captain, I have always supported Amir despite his poor performances on his return. Even when I became a coach, I supported him for his personal issue before England tour and called him to join the squad later on,” he said.
“I don’t know why Amir did this and again I say, taking retirement was his own decision citing whatever reasons. I am clear on my side, we dropped him from the squad due to his poor form, not only me or Waqar but all other six selectors weren’t in support of his selection,” he maintained.
“I am still here to welcome Amir despite all the bash from his side. If he performs and shows his availability, I will welcome him anytime,” he added.
On the other hand, Misbah accepted defeat against New Zealand and said they have learned from the tour. “It was a tough tour for us, remaining in quarantine for the first 14 days and then losing both the series. To be honest, it wasn’t easy to play in COVID-19 restrictions,” he said.
“I accept this defeat and not going to make any excuses. But, the fact is I am not only responsible for this loss. We as a team accept this result and we will try to come up strongly,” he highlighted.
It must be noted here that Pakistan lost the Test series 2-0 and T20I series 2-1 against New Zealand at their backyard.
Following Pakistan’s third overseas series loss under Misbah as head coach, reports claimed that PCB was thinking to remove him before or after the upcoming home series against South Africa with an immediate effect.
Misbah had already been removed from the positions of chief selector and Batting coach.