Retired pacer Mohammad Amir, is looking forward to linking up with Derbyshire in 2024 and hopes to replicate the success he and Mickey Arthur enjoyed on the international stage.
Amir, who boasts more than 250 international wickets, was a key member of Arthur’s Pakistan side which won the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, with the left-arm quick claiming 3-16 in the final against India.
Before going to the Caribbean Premier League, Amir met with his new teammates and coaches at The Incora County Ground, speaking to Club Media to preview his 2024 stint with the county.
"Derby is a nice place, to be honest. Nice to meet the boys, Mickey was the coach when I was playing for Pakistan. I am looking forward to the season and I will try to do well for Derbyshire," Amir said in an interview with Derbyshire.
Having previously played county cricket with Essex, where he won the 2019 County Championship and T20 Blast titles, and Gloucestershire in 2022, as well as playing in multiple series in England with Pakistan, Amir is familiar with the conditions to expect and believes the county system is hugely important in developing players for the international game.
In this exclusive interview, Amir discusses his hopes for his time with Derbyshire, his excitement at working with Arthur again and what Derbyshire supporters can expect of him in 2024.
"Whenever I talk about him, I admire him, I think he's one of the best coaches for me. The belief he has for the players and the confidence, there is no match," he added.
"Having a good environment in the dressing room so as a player your job is only to do is to go there [in the middle] and do well for the team. County Cricket has a huge role for the cricketers," he maintained.
"I was talking to Haider Ali, he talked about learning a lot. It's a huge impression on discipline-wise, cricket-wise. I always love to play county cricket," he concluded.
Remember, Amir took retirement from international cricket in 2020. He is set to acquire his UK citizenship next year due to his marriage to a British national Narjis Khan.