London, April 22: Former Pakistan pacemaker Mohammad Amir will return to top-class cricket after signing a three-match deal to play for Gloucestershire in the county championship.
“The County Championship is an amazing competition and I can’t wait to start with Gloucestershire. I love playing in English conditions and feel great so hopefully I can perform well for the team,” said Amir.
The 30-year-old left-arm rhythm bowler Amir has played in 36 Test matches for Pakistan and has 119 Test wickets to his name. The overseas signing will provide Glos with an experienced sewing option as a cover for the absent Naseem Shah, who will not be available for selection until the T20 Vitality Blast campaign.
Amir joined the Gloucestershire side in Lancashire and will be in line to make his first-team debut against Surrey at the Seat Unique Stadium in Bristol on April 28.
“I’m excited for the challenge and I’ll do my best to help Gloucestershire win some games,” he said.
Amir made his Test debut for Pakistan against Sri Lanka in 2009, at the age of 17, and claimed six wickets in the match. By the time he was 18, Amir had become the youngest bowler in history to take 50 Test wickets.
After rising to international stardom as a teenager, Amir enjoyed a successful international career and made a combined 147 appearances in IT20, ODI and Test Matches over a period of 11 years.
Amir also has previous experience of playing English cricket, having enjoyed two spells in Essex as a foreign signing in 2017 and 2019. In 2017, he featured for Essex during their title-winning County Championship campaign and T20 Blast campaign. , in which he took a combined 28 wickets in both competitions.
Steve Snell, Gloucestershire performance director, said: “We are delighted to have signed a bowler of Amir’s caliber. Unfortunately we will be without Naseem for a few weeks due to injury and while we help him get back to full fitness, Amir will provide us with quality and international experience in our sewing attack for what is a strong first division competition.”