The Pakistani paceman will play for Lord’s squad in the first season of this year’s English Hundred cricket competition.
Pakistani paceman Mohammad Amir will play for Lord’s-based London Spirit in the first season of this year’s English Hundred cricket competition, it was announced on Tuesday.
He will be joined by Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi, with another overseas all-rounder, South Africa’s Chloe Tryon, signing for Spirit’s women’s team.
The coronavirus has forced chiefs of cricket to delay last year’s launch of the Hundred, a new 100-ball team tournament made up of eight franchises, each with a male and female team.
Amir, 28, announced his international retirement last month to protest the “lousy” treatment he said he received from the Pakistani leadership.
It was at Lord’s that the gifted young left-hand man’s Pakistani career first ended in 2010, when he was given a five-year ban for his role in a stain repair scandal.
Amir was one of 54 players whose 2021 Cent participation was announced on Tuesday, with England World Cup-winning opening batsman Jason Roy and West Indies turner Sunil Narine both selected by Oval Invincibles.
The franchise’s women’s squad will be bolstered by the signing of South African all-rounder Marizanne Kapp, whose Proteas teammates Lizelle Lee and Mignon Du Preez join Manchester Originals.
Jonny Bairstow, freshly helped by England to win his first Test Series match in Sri Lanka, has been selected by the Welsh Fire.
A draft took place in October 2019, but changes to player values and availability mean teams have until February 4 to keep or release them. After that there will be another draft to fill in the remaining slots.
The Hundred has been embroiled in controversy, with many critics claiming there is no room in an already crowded schedule, but cricket bosses say it will help attract new audiences to the game.