Mohammad Amir returned to competitive cricket action in April after more than four months during the County Championship match for Gloucestershire against Hampshire. He played only two matches in his county stint before making a return to the XI for the team in the T20 Blast on Friday. Amir put up an impressive performance in the game against Somerset, registering figures of 2/25 in four overs; However, Gloucestershire lost the game by 7 runs.
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Amir made a perfect start, picking up the pick on only the third ball of the first over of the game as he dismissed Will Smed for a duck. He pitched the delivery fuller and outside off-stump, and the right-hander, in an effort to drive the ball towards long-off, dismissed it for first slip.
After his first wicket in the T20 Blast for Gloucestershire, Amir performed the famous ‘Pushpa’ pose as he celebrated the dismissal.
Amir took another wicket in the 18th over of the game, dismissing Ben Green for 12 runs. He eventually ended up as the most economical of all bowlers in Gloucestershire’s innings.
Lewis Gregory remained unbeaten on 60 off just 36 balls for Somerset and took his score to 184/6 in 20 overs. In turn, Gloucestershire could only reach 177/8.
The bowler retired from international cricket in December 2020 citing differences with the team management. Over time, the Pakistan management saw a change with Saqlain Mushtaq currently serving as the head coach of the team.
Among active Pakistan cricketers, Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan are representing Yorkshire, while Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood, Naseem Shah and young all-rounder Zafar Gohar are also taking part in the T20 Blast.
Rizwan was also part of the Sussex squad in the County Championship, where he shared the dressing room with India’s star Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara.