Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan To Play For English Country Franchises After PCB’s Clearance
Pakistan pace duo Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan are all set to make debuts in the English County for Essex and Leicestershire respectively after playing the significant role for the Men in Green to lift the maiden title of the ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales.
The left-arm fast bowlers are expected to join their teams in the 2017 English County Cricket which has been a historic event in England itself.
It’s pertinent to note, following the signing Amir and Junaid would be expecting to gain a lot from their stints in England, in order to enhance and improve with their bowling.
The 25-year-old Amir, who had defied all odds, is expected to represent Essex in the NatWest Twenty20 Blast which is supervised by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
The Punjab-born bowler, who was disgraced following the Lord’s infamous Test in 2010, has left a significant impact by learning from his mistakes, as he wrapped up the mega event by picking three crucial wickets against India in the grand finale of the eighth edition of the Champions Trophy.
The reports suggested Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has given a green signal by handing over a No Objection certificate to Amir and Junaid, in a bid to participate in the County cricket which is scheduled this year.
In four matches Amir has bagged five wickets as he also missed out an all-important semi-final against England at the Sophia Gardens Cardiff due to a back spasm.
However, in the final coming at the expense of Rumman Raees, Amir’s breezy spell saw Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan, who scored the bulk of runs for India in the recently concluded tournament returned to pavilion within no time.
On the other side, Junaid has been third highest wicket-taker overall with eight wickets in the tournament after his teammate Hasan Ali (13) and Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood (9) maintained the first two spots.
While taking to the Twitter, Essex official website has welcomed Amir in their family by tweeting his photograph wearing the jersey of the franchise.
— Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) June 19, 2017
Amir has featured in 28 Tests, 36 One-day Internationals and 31 Twenty20 Internationals. He has bagged 94 wickets in the longer format, 55 in ODIs and 24 in T20Is.
The 27-year-old Matra-born Junaid has played 22 Tests, 62 ODIs and 9 T20Is for Pakistan. He has claimed 94 wickets in ODIs, 71 in Tests and 8 in T20Is.
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