Kent Spitfires sign Mohammad Amir for Vitality Blast

Kent Cricket on Tuesday announced the signing of Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Amir for the Vitality Blast competition to be held in the second half of this year. The 29-year-old pacer, who retired from international cricket in 2020, has been consistently playing franchise cricket. The left-arm seamer has also won the T20 World Cup with Pakistan, lifting the trophy in Lord’s before handed over a five-year ban for his involvement in the controversial Pakistan spot-fixing scandal.

Nevertheless, the former World Cup winner is regarded as one of the finest limited-overs bowlers, having bagged a number of titles and achievements including Pakistan Super League (PSL) and Vitality Blast titles, as well as a runners-up berth in 2020’s inaugural Lanka Premier League (LPL). He was also part of the Pakistan squad that won Champions Trophy 2017 in England. Mohammad Amir delivered a match-winning performance against India in the final.

Amir’s first game could come against Essex, with whom he won the T20 Blast two summers ago, as Kent will be travelling to Chelmsford on June 25. Although the final date of Amir’s arrival is yet to be determined, it is largely dependent on Karachi Kings’ progression in the Pakistan Super League and quarantine requirements upon entry to the UK. He will be available for the Spitfires for up to seven Vitality Blast group stage matches, with an option to play in knockout rounds should Kent qualify. The retired Pakistani has taken 220 wickets in 190 career T20 matches averaging just 22.50. He expressed his excitement to join the Kent side which is full of potential.

Kent’s Director of Cricket, Paul Downton was pleased after clinching the signing of a top bowler in Mohammad Amir. Dawton said, “His skill and experience will be an invaluable addition to our bowling attack and I’m sure our Members and supporters will share our enthusiasm in welcoming Amir to the Club.”

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