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Amir to play first Pakistan domestic first-class game in three years

by Wisden Staff 15 minute read

After being axed from Pakistan’s Test squad to face Australia, Mohammad Amir is set to play his first domestic first-class game in Pakistan in three years.

The fast bowler, whose recent form has not lived up to the sort of standards he delivered following his return to the international fold in 2015, will turn out for Sui Southern Gas Corporation (SSGC) in the ongoing domestic season.

Since his reintegration into the Pakistan team following his five-year ban for spot fixing, he has claimed 56 Test wickets at an average of 33.21, 33 ODI wickets at 36.66, and 29 T20I wickets at an economy rate of 6.68.

Mohammad Amir featured in the Test series against England earlier this year

Throughout most of those 73 international matches during his second spell with the national team, Amir has been regarded as the leader of the attack, but his form has tailed off of late, especially in the ODI arena where he has emerged wicket-less in each of his last five outings. He has claimed only three ODI scalps since last year’s Champions Trophy final, at an average of 100.66.

Amir, who has had stints in county cricket and domestic T20 leagues, played four first-class games for SSGC in 2015 after serving his five-year suspension, but he has not played for them since. He has, however, represented Essex in English county cricket and played for T20 franchises.


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