T20 Blast 2021: Mohammad Amir to play for Kent in the upcoming season
Mohammad Amir, now retired from international cricket, has also secured a gig in the inaugural season of The Hundred.
Updated - Apr 21, 2021 2:19 pm
Former Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir has signed a contract with Kent County Cricket Club for the second half of England county’s premier T20 competition, the T20 Blast. According to the sources, the left-arm seamer will be available for seven group stage matches for Kent.
He will also play for them in the knockout stages if they manage to qualify. Interestingly, this is the second contract for Amir for this year’s English summer. He is also set to take part in The Hundred for London Spirit, under the captaincy of Eoin Morgan. Spirit is a franchise that represents Middlesex, Essex, and Northamptonshire counties.
Amir has previously played in the county cricket for Essex between the seasons of 2017 and 2019. The 29-year-old announced an early retirement from international cricket after having issues with the Pakistan team management. He has expressed his aspirations to continue playing in the T20 Leagues across the world.
Mohammad Amir might play against his former county Essex in his first game for Kent
The left-arm seamer was part of both the Pakistan squads which won the T20 World Cup in 2009 and the Champions Trophy in 2017. Both these events were held in England. In 2010, Mohammad Amir was involved in the spot-fixing scandal, which kept him out of cricket for five years. He returned to the international scene and won another competition for Pakistan.
But the differences between him and the board officials along with the team management led to his retirement from cricket. He had made his debut for Pakistan as a 17-year-old and aspires to continue playing the sport by not for his country until the current management is changed.
Amir’s first match for Kent could be against his former county team, Essex on June 25 in Chelmsford. “I am excited to join a Kent team full of potential,” Amir said as quoted by Cricket Pakistan. “I have always enjoyed playing at Canterbury and I hope I will be able to help Kent win a trophy this year,” he added.
The Pakistan seamer also took part in the Lankan Premier League in 2020 for Galle Gladiators and could be further seen playing in different T20 franchise leagues.
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