Essex have made another marquee signing for the 2017 County season. This time, Pakistan’s star fast bowler Mohammad Amir gets recruited as an official overseas player.
The 24-year-old left arm pacer has played 20 Tests for Pakistan, including four against England this mid year, having come back from a notorious spot-fixing ban in 2015.
The speedster will join Essex’s proceedings after his International duties with Pakistan and will be eligible to feature in all formats.
Amir was banned from cricket for a lengthy 5-year period in the wake of being found guilty of spot-fixing alongside teammates Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt in a Lord’s Test in 2010.
The three Pakistan players were imprisoned in November 2011 as a result of bowling no-balls against England. Amir served three months in jail, prior to his extensive period on the sidelines.
Amir’s suspension initially featured ban from all cricket formats, however in January a 2015 he was cleared to play domestic cricket in Pakistan.
He has since played for Karachi Kings and Chittagong Vikings in the Pakistan Super League and Bangladesh Premier League respectively.
He came back to International cricket in January this year in a Twenty20 fixture against hosts New Zealand in Auckland, when he was booed by fans.
Essex head coach expressed delight at the signing of the Pakistani sensation, terming it as a “massive acquisition”. Silverwood added that Amir has already proves himself on the International scene and that the left-armer’s young age means he will only get better.
Essex will play in the Division One of the County Championship, as a result of there Division Two title triump this summer.