Pakistan speedster Mohammad Amir joins Pune Devils for the upcoming season of the Abu Dhabi T10 League. Amir has been in the news this week after announcing retirement from international cricket at the age of 28. However, he will continue to play league across the globe.
Pune Devils has been revamped this season. They were formerly known as Karnataka Tuskers in the tournament. Amir was not the only big arrival for Devils this week. On November 16, they confirmed that Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera will also join the squad. The left-arm has tremendous experience of playing in the Abu Dhabi T10 League in the past as he previously has represented Maratha Arabians in the tournament.
Amir has been a prolific bowler for his country. In 147 matches and 11 years of international cricket for Pakistan, he has taken 259 wickets. Over the years, he has been considered as T-20 specialist after excelling at various T-20 leagues across the world.
The Pakistan seamer who took retirement from the Test format last year to focus on his White-ball career, announced retirement from international cricket in protest over the shabby treatment he received from management.
Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed the news and released a press release stating, “PCB chief executive Wasim Khan spoke with Amir this afternoon who confirmed that he has no desires or intentions of playing international cricket and, as such, he should not be considered for future international matches.”
It will be a big loss for Pakistan, but other T-20 leagues will be pleased to have Amir every season until the twilight of his career. He is an asset in white ball cricket due to his tremendous ability to swing the new ball. Amir is equally threatening in the death overs. Pune Devils will be hoping that his quality and experience will help them to win the tournament.