Amir set for Esse**x T20 return

LONDON: Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir is set to join up with Esse**x again for a spell in the forthcoming domestic Twenty20 Blast competition, the English county announced on Friday.

The 26-year-old left-arm quick helped Esse**x win the first-class County Championship in 2017 during a stint that saw him take career-best figures of 10 for 72 against Yorkshire at Scarborough.

Amir will be available for eight games in this year’s Blast, including Esse**x’s opener against Middlese**x at Lord’s on July 18.

“I’m very excited to return to Chelmsford and re-join my Esse**x team-mates,” Amir told the county’s website. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time here in 2017 and I’m looking forward to playing my role in the club’s success this season.”

Due to family commitments, Amir will miss the games agai­nst Surrey and Kent while his final match for Esse**x is set to be against Glamorgan on Aug 16.

Esse**x coach Anthony McGrath added: “Mo (Amir] is one of the most exciting bowling talents in the world and I’m ecstatic he’s going to be back with us.”

Amir’s career looked finished when he was given a five-year ban and jailed for involvement in a spot-fixing ‘sting’ during Pakistan’s 2010 Test against England at Lord’s.

But he returned to international cricket in 2016 and has now played 36 Tests, 49 One-day Internationals and 42 Twenty20 Internationals.

Published in Dawn, February 10th, 2019

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