Why did England play badly? Was it a part of our system?" - Aamir's question
Former fast bowler of the national cricket team, Mohammad Amir, has stated that the system should not be blamed for Pakistan’s poor performance in the ICC World Cup 2023.
In an interview with a local TV channel, Mohammad Amir mentioned that he is not particularly impressed with Babar Azam’s captaincy and believes that a change in mindset is necessary. He emphasized that the responsibility of running Pakistan cricket has been given to 5 or 6 individuals, and the captain is one of them.
Amir pointed out that in 1992, under Imran Khan’s leadership, Pakistan won the World Cup, and a similar system was in place. The team reached the final in 1999, won the T20 World Cup in 2009, and also clinched the 2017 Champions Trophy, all under the same system.
He further argued that Babar Azam has been the captain for four years, and he has built his team. He questioned why England performed poorly if Jos Buttler is not part of their system. He raised the question of whether England’s system also needs a change.
Referring to Eoin Morgan’s statement after the 2015 World Cup defeat, where Morgan expressed a desire to play a brand of cricket with 25 players, Amir highlighted that the system remained the same, and a captain is the one who can bring about change by altering their mindset.
In conclusion, Amir stated that as long as the captain’s mindset remains unchanged, the system cannot do much.