Derbyshire signs Amir as overseas player

Amir took retirement from international cricket in 2020

By Web Desk
July 25, 2023
Mohammad Amir celebrating wicket in Test cricket after his return - AFP

Mickey Arthur's Derbyshire has signed former international pacer Mohammad Amir as an overseas player. 

In an announcement made on social media Tuesday, Derbyshire confirmed their overseas signing. 

"Derbyshire have signed former Pakistan fast bowler, Amir, as an overseas player for the first half of the 2024 season," the cricket club wrote. 

Earlier, English media reported that Amir will be signed as local player.

According to The Telegraph, Amir, 31, who took retirement from international cricket in 2020, is set to acquire his UK citizenship next year due to his marriage to a British national Narjis Khan.

Amir has experience of playing county cricket. He has represented Essex and Gloucestershire in the past. Now, the pacer will mark his return with Derbyshire after sealing the deal with the county club.

After taking his retirement in 2020, Amir had been playing mainly in T20 leagues in different countries. He has played in Pakistan Super League (PSL), Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and the Caribbean as well.

Amir was banned from international cricket for five years by the International Cricket Council (ICC) along with Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt, in a spot-fixing case in 2010.

Amir also served half of a six-month custodial sentence in young offenders institutes in Feltham and Dorset.

After marking his return in 2016, the 31-year-old helped Pakistan win the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 where Men in Green bamboozled the arch-rivals India in the final by 180 runs.

Amir is remembered for his breath-taking spell in the final where he dismantled India’s top order by removing Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and the chase-master Virat Kohli.