Mohammad Amir to join Essex in county cricket
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir will return to the country where he was charged with fixing allegations and then jailed this year. And he won’t be playing for Pakistan but for Essex in the NatWest T20 Blast.
Amir has been signed up by Essex for the NatWest T20 Blast and will participate in the tournament in the second half of the competition. The T20 Blast is the premier English T20 tournament which has 18 teams participating in the competition. These 18 teams, out of which Essex Eagles are one, are divided into two groups of nine apiece with each side playing 14 matches.
At the end of the league stage of the T20 Blast, the top four sides from each group make it to the quarter-finals and the winner of the quarter-finals then feature in the Finals Day. The Finals Day will be played on September 2 at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
Amir’s signing was welcomed by the Essex coach, Chris Silverwood, who said he was excited to have the Pakistani bowler sign up with them. He said: “We are thrilled that Mohammad has decided to join us for half of the 2017 campaign. He showed a real desire to be a part of the club and the fact we have him for two competitions is a real bonus.”
Silverwood said despite Amir’s youth he was a proven customer at the international level and that would help the side immensely during the T20 Blast.
Amir also echoed those sentiments and said: “I am very excited about becoming part of the Essex family. Chris Silverwood and Ronnie Irani have both been very supportive over the summer. I’m hoping I can carry on Essexs success this season and achieve more for the club in 2017.”
The T20 Blast kick-starts on July 7 with Essex playing their first game against Surrey at Chelsmford. This will be followed by a match against Kent away from home.