My focus is on returning in the World Twenty20: Muhammad Amir

Left-armer says he enjoyed bowling and taking wickets in his first-class match

Afp May 13, 2015
A file photo of Muhammad Amir bowling for the Rawalpindi Rams. PHOTO: AFP

FAISALABAD: Fast bowler Mohammad Amir said on Tuesday he was focused on joining Pakistan's national side for next year's World Twenty20 tournament after impressive bowling in a key domestic event.

The 23-year-old, who was banned with then Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt and pace partner Mohammad Asif in a spot-fixing case in England in 2010, has been allowed to play in domestic matches before his five-year ban ends on September 2.

On Monday, the left-armer picked up a wicket for the Rawalpindi Rams in a Twenty20 match, on his first legitimate ball after earlier delivering a wide.

Read: Muhammad Amir marks comeback with wicket on first ball

"I enjoyed bowling in the match and picking up a wicket so early was exciting," Amir told AFP on Tuesday.

"My focus is on returning for Pakistan in the World Twenty20 in India next year."

Amir took 22 wickets in last month's Patron's Trophy, which is one level below domestic first-class cricket.

It marked an impressive return since the International Cricket Council (ICC) relaxed his five-year ban in January this year.

The decision came after the Pakistan Cricket Board requested the ICC allow him to play domestic cricket a few months before his ban officially expires in September. At that point, the PCB will decide on his comeback to the national team.

At the time of his ban, Amir was one of the best bowlers in international cricket, having taken 51 wickets in Tests, 25 in one-day internationals and 23 in Twenty20 matches.


Kashif | 6 years ago | Reply @ Arif. What Country's honour are you talking about?? The same country whose ex president is called 10% around the world, the same country who kills its own people or get them killed by Drone Attacks, I could go in more details but I think lets leave at that. He did something wrong, he was punished, he should be allowed in if he performs - simple as that!!
arif | 6 years ago | Reply @Haider: What about country's honor? Does that mean anything to you? These three guys have disgraced the country and give her a bad press coverage
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