Life has come full circle for Pakistani pace spearhead Mohammad Amir. The left-arm fast bowler has been named in Pakistan’s squad for test series in England. The same England where he bore and reaped the seeds of his 5-year ban from international cricket.
It will be interesting to see how the 24-year-old Amir reacts when he bowls the first ball post his 5 year ban from cricket on England soil.
But much before he takes his run-up to bowl the first ball in England, we bring you four interesting facts about Mohammad Amir.
Amir last played a test match at 18 years and 136 days: Amir was just 18 when he last played for Pakistan in a test match in England. It was played at Lord’s and Amir will return after six years to play his first game after serving the ban at the same venue.
Missed 43 tests since his suspension in 2010: Pakistan has played 43 tests since the Lord’s game in the summer of 2010. If Amir had retired, he would have most probably played all the games for his country.
Took 51 wickets in 14 tests before suspension: Amir’s spot-fixing episode and the eventual 5-year ban had hurt Pakistan more so because he had become a rage in world cricket by then. Before the ban, Amir had gone on to take 51 wickets in the 14 tests he had played for Pakistan.
Best of 6/84 came in the last test against England: Another interesting trivia about Amir is that his best bowling performance came against the mighty English side on their home soil only. His 6 for 84 is his best till date.