Amir Resumes His Cricket Journey With Domestic Cricket

Muhammad Amir return to cricket

Muhammad Amir return to cricket
LAHORE – One of the best and most talented bowler Pakistan has ever had will be in action from today following a five years ban after spot fixing scandal way back in 2010.

Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir will resume his cricket journey Monday with his return to the domestic cricket.

The 22-year-old left-armer is set to play for Omar Associates in the Patron’s Trophy Grade-II national tournament — one rung below first-class — at the quiet Army Cricket Ground in the garrison city Rawalpindi near the capital.

Amir was o

ne of three Pakistani players banned from the game for at least five years for arranging no-balls to order in a Test against England at Lord’s in 2010.

He was also jailed in Britain in 2011, along with former captain Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif. Amir’s ban was due to expire on September 2, but the International Cricket Council used discretionary powers to allow him to return to domestic cricket early, citing his early admission of guilt and cooperation with anti-corruption authorities. Upon hearing the news, he vowed to become a “better player and better human being”.

“It was the most difficult phase of my life but I am sure it’s over now and I am keen to return to international grounds,” he told foreign media in a phone interview in January.

Picked out as a special talent by fast-bowling legend Wasim Akram in 2007, Amir’s pace, control, and ability to swing the ball both ways saw him become the youngest bowler, at 18, to take 50 Test wickets including five-fors in his last two matches.

His return has been eagerly awaited by most fans in cricket mad Pakistan, though some notable critics, including former captain Ramiz Raja, have argued he should not be given a second chance in the sport.

His club’s three-day match against a side fielded by the Army will be contingent on the weather. Northern Pakistan is currently experiencing an unseasonal bout of torrential rainfall that is predicted to clear up by today (Monday).

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