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Essex keen on securing services of Mohammad Amir

Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir of Pakistan celebrates after dismissing the England captain Alastair Cook. (Photo by Sarah Ansell/Getty Images)

Reports from England seem to suggest that English county side Essex are weighing up their options to land Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir. The 24-year old has been impressive since his comeback to international cricket after serving his ban following the infamous spot-fixing controversy of 2010.

Ironically, Amir made his comeback to international Test Cricket at the scene of the crime in Lord’s as Pakistan went on to claim a victory in the first Test.

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However, despite the win, the Pakistanis have made howlers in the following two matches as the Brits have been able to overwhelm their counterparts by managing to claw their way back and claim a 2-1 lead in the series.

Amir has claimed 10 Test wickets since his comeback and has also been one of the most economical bowlers on the current tour of England. As far as Amir is concerned, the experience he will have with Essex will certainly come in handy the next time the Pakistan side tours England.

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However, there is also a slight possibility that the deal may not go through given Amir’s international cricketing assignments in the upcoming few months. Pakistan’s busy schedule – including a Champions Trophy in the UK in June – means Amir would not be available for the whole season. But even a handful of appearances would set the county circuit alight, especially if Essex win the race for his signature and gain promotion to division one of the championship.

Although a deal with the 24-year old is yet to be agreed, it is understood that Essex is one of the teams that have set their sights on the talented left-arm pacer.

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