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Amir likely to miss T20 against World XI

Amir likely to miss T20 against World XI

Pakistan pacer Muhammad Aamir. - A file photo

September 10, 2017

LAHORE, September 10: Mohammad Amir’s is likely to miss part of T20 series against the world XI as he and his wife are currently in England expecting their first child, according to a report on ESPN Cricinfo.

Pakistan will play their three T20Is against a World XI on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Though his absence is not considered a blow to the team but it will definitely be a blow to him as he will not have played an international in front of a home crowd since his debut over eight years ago.

The first time he represented Pakistan was at the World T20 in 2009, just months after the attacks on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore.

Amir was included in Pakistan’s 16-man squad, announced a fortnight ago, but has not travelled to Pakistan to link up with his team-mates – he has been playing for Essex this summer since the end of the Champions Trophy. His absence will not be a fatal blow to Pakistan in this format.

He has one wicket in his last five T20s for Pakistan, in a format where they do have options beyond him, and though he would have been close, he may not actually have been an automatic pick in the XI for the first game.

He has, however, been far more prominent this year after a relatively quiet and luckless first year back. He picked up wickets in Pakistan’s historic Test series win in the Caribbean this year and was a key part of their attack in the Champions Trophy win, including a star turn in the final. That form has filtered through the English summer, in which he has picked up wickets in County cricket as well as the Natwest T20 Blast.

 

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