Amir Is Expected To Play The County Championship For Derbyshire

Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir has inked a deal with Derbyshire County Cricket Club as an international player for the first half of the 2024 season. Expected to bolster Derbyshire’s bowling lineup in both the Championship and T20 Blast games, Amir brings a wealth of experience to the team. While initial hopes of him joining as a local player through British citizenship did not materialize, his signing as an overseas player adds valuable expertise to the squad.

Amir retired from international cricket in 2020, representing Pakistan in 36 Tests, 61 ODIs, and 50 T20Is. With a notable first-class record of 266 wickets at an average of 22.63, he is a world-renowned fast bowler known for his skill and accuracy on the field.

Amir has experience playing county cricket with Essex and Gloucestershire, and he is no stranger to Derbyshire’s head of cricket, Mickey Arthur. The two had previously worked together during Arthur’s tenure as Pakistan’s coach, forging a strong professional rapport. The duo’s reunion adds an element of familiarity and understanding, which can prove beneficial for Derbyshire’s performances.

“Mohammad is a world-renowned fast bowler, and someone who I am delighted to bring to Derbyshire,” said Mickey Arthur, as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.

Amir expressed his enthusiasm about joining Derbyshire and reuniting with Mickey Arthur, with whom he has had successful experiences at the international level. He emphasized his commitment to contributing his best performances to help Derbyshire compete in red and white-ball cricket during the upcoming season.

“I’ve enjoyed my experiences of county cricket in the past, and joining up with Mickey, with whom I’ve had so much success internationally, is something I’m looking forward to. I want to put in the performances to help Derbyshire challenge in red and white ball cricket next summer,” Amir said, expressing his excitement about joining Derbyshire.

Throughout his career, Amir has showcased his talents in various T20 leagues, such as the PSL, BPL, CPL, LPL, and the Hundred. His most recent first-class appearance was for Gloucestershire in May 2022, indicating his continued engagement with the game and his desire to impact wherever he plays.

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