Amir impressed by Kent squad

21 April 2021 19:33:58 GMTPlus10

Former Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir says he is excited by Kent's potential in this summer's T20 Blast.

Amir has signed for the Spitfires and should be available for seven group matches as well as games in the knockout stages if Kent progress that far.

The 29-year-old left-armer burst on to the international scene at the age of 17 and has played 36 Test matches, 61 ODIs and 50 Twenty20 internationals for Pakistan.

His last appearance came in a T20 against England at Old Trafford in August 2020 but last December he announced his surprise retirement from international cricket at the age of 28.

Amir remains in demand as a T20 franchise cricketer and he will join up with Kent following his Pakistan Super League campaign with Karachi Kings.

He has already enjoyed success in the T20 Blast, playing in the group stage for Essex in their triumphant 2019 campaign, and he will be hoping to inspire Kent, who were Twenty20 champions in 2007 and runners-up a year later.

Amir has taken 220 wickets in 190 Twenty20 matches in his career and will add some international class to the Kent bowling attack. The Spitfires' batting looks powerful with England trio Sam Billings, Zak Crawley and Joe Denly in the squad. 

After the confirmation of his signing, Amir told the county's official website: "I am excited to join a Kent team full of potential. I have always enjoyed playing at Canterbury and I hope I will be able to help Kent win a trophy this year."

Kent are 1212/1 to win the County Championship this season and Pakistan are 8/1 to lift the T20 World Cup.

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