Mohammad Amir is playing first-class cricket again. Two-and-a-half years after he announced the end of his Test career, the left-arm fast bowler is back on the field again in white and a red ball. Amir signed with Gloucestershire County Cricket Club in England in place of Naseem Shah and took his first wicket of the season on Thursday. Aamir is only 30 years old now. In recent times, the question around the world about Aamir’s career has become almost inevitable, will he consider coming out of retirement?
In Southampton, he said, “It is too early to talk about a Test return. You can never tell what will happen next. Things can change but for now I am enjoying my game playing for Gloucestershire.”
Amir made 28 overs on debut for his new county side against Surrey last week and 21 overs in the first day’s play against Hampshire this week. He has so far taken three wickets in this competition and all those wickets have come from the old ball.
Amir said, “I am playing after three years so it is not easy as a fast bowler. I haven’t played any first-class cricket in the last four years but I am getting better after the first game and helping the boys.” I am trying to do well for him. As a bowler, it is my duty to bowl well and lead from the front.”
When Amir was at his best, he used to bowl superb swing, famous for bringing the ball inside for the right-handed batsman. When most batsmen understood his novelty about his bowling, he would try to beat him with speed. After this he was banned for spot fixing. This caused Amir to lose five years and when he returned he was a completely different bowler. He had become a bowler who bowled very well, focusing on the line and length of the ball.
Amir retired from Pakistan cricket at the age of 28 under some odd circumstances. He has taken 119 wickets in 36 Tests, 81 wickets in 61 ODIs and 59 wickets in 50 T20 matches. Since retirement, he has been playing in T20 leagues around the world.
Amir said, “After recovering from a side strain injury in the PSL, I was training and feeling very good. After that I thought why not give myself a chance in red-ball cricket. I think I am getting better now and on the right track. I am enjoying red-ball cricket. For now I am only here for three matches and later I am planning to move to CPL.”