The tainted bowler Mohammad Amir made his international comeback on a winning note against New Zealand in the first T20I of the 3 match series at Auckland. Amir picked up his only wicket on the last ball while he was denied two more wickets as two catches were dropped during his 4 overs spell.
After winning the toss, New Zealand sent Pakistan to bat first. Pakistan managed 171 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs. In reply, New Zealand failed 16 runs short of Pakistan score as they were all-out for 155 runs in 20 overs.
Amir finished his comeback match with decent figures of 4-0-31-1. He could get two more wickets if his fellow teammates didn’t miss two catches. Skipper Shahid Afridi missed a catch of Kane Williamson at the cover in 4th over of the Kiwi innings while Sohaib Maqsood missed a catch of debutant Todd Astle at the backward point in the 17th over of New Zealand innings.
Amir was banned for 5 years from all kind of competitive cricket due to the spot-fixing allegation during the England tour in 2010. He was punished along with two other fellow cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif. He also served three months prison.
Amir made his international debut at the age of just 17 in the T20I against England in June 2009. The left-arm fast bowler was making inroads in the cricket world with his bowling before the suspension. He became the youngest bowler to take 50 wickets in the Test cricket history.
After serving five years suspension, Mohammad Amir was allowed to play domestic cricket, where he performed brilliantly with his bowling. He also featured in the BPL (Bangladesh Premier League) at the end of 2015, where he also performed well. Due to his impressive performances, many cricket experts along with the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) members and some Pakistan current and former cricketers supported his comeback while some Pakistan cricketers went against his comeback.
After a long discussion between PCB and the players, the 23-years old Amir made a comeback in today’s T20I match. He showed ability and familiar class with his bowling in his comeback match. So, it can be said that he will be a big headache to the international batsmen in the upcoming days.