Gloucestershire signs Amir for a short stint

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KARACHI: English County Gloucestershire have signed former Pakistan’s paceman Mohammad Amir on a three-match deal.

The 30-year-old left-arm pacer will be available for selection for The Shire’s upcoming LV= Insurance County Championship matches against Surrey, Hampshire and Somerset, the Glos website said. The overseas signing will provide Glos with an experienced seam option as cover for the absent Naseem Shah, who will be unavailable for selection until the T20 Vitality Blast campaign due to shoulder injury, the website said.

Amir has linked up with the Gloucestershire squad in Lancashire and will be in-line to make his first-team debut for The Shire against Surrey at the Seat Unique Stadium in Bristol on April 28.

Amir also has previous experience of playing in English county cricket having enjoyed two spells at Essex as an overseas signing in 2017 and 2019. In 2017 he featured for Essex during their title-winning County Championship campaign and in the T20 Blast campaign, in which he took a combined 28 wickets across both competitions.

Most recently, in December 2021, Amir represented Bangla Tigers in the Abu Dhabi T10 tournament and played alongside Gloucestershire’s Benny Howell. From there, just before the turn of the year, he went on to play for Galle Gladiators in the Lanka Premier League in Sri Lanka, and made six appearances to help the side reach the final of the T20 competition.

“We are delighted to have signed a bowler of Amir’s calibre. We will sadly 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 seam attack for what is a strong first division competition,” Steve Snell, Glos Performance Director said.

“Amir fits the bill perfectly for what we need and we’re confident he will be a great addition to the squad for those three matches. He has indicated his hunger and desire to make pivotal contributions during his time with us and we look forward to making him feel welcome in Bristol with Gloucestershire.”

Meanwhile Amir expressed happiness over returning to red-ball cricket and that too in English conditions.

“The County Championship is an amazing competition and I can’t wait to get going with Gloucestershire. I love playing in English conditions and I’m feeling really good, so I hope I can perform well for the team,” Amir said. “I am excited for the challenge and will try my best to help Gloucestershire win some matches.”