In Hundred competitors, Mohammad Amir set to play for London Spirit

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Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir. — AFP/File

Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir is about to play for Lord’s-based London Spirit on this yr’s debut season of English cricket’s Hundred competitors, it was introduced on Tuesday.

He can be joined by Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi, with one other abroad all-rounder, South Africa’s Chloe Tryon, signing for the Spirit’s ladies’s workforce.

The coronavirus compelled cricket chiefs to delay final yr’s launch of the Hundred, a brand new 100-balls-per-side match consisting of eight franchises, every with males’s and girls’s workforce.

Amir, 28, final month introduced his worldwide retirement in protest over the “shabby” remedy he stated he had obtained from the Pakistan administration.

It was at Lord’s the place the gifted left-arm fast’s Pakistan profession first got here to a shuddering halt in 2010, when he was handed a five-year ban for his half in a spot-fixing scandal.

Amir was considered one of 54 gamers whose participation within the 2021 Hundred was introduced on Tuesday, with England World Cup-winning opening batsman Jason Roy and West Indies spinner Sunil Narine each retained by Oval Invincibles.

The franchise’s ladies’s aspect can be bolstered by the signing of South Africa all-rounder Marizanne Kapp, whose Proteas team-mates Lizelle Lee and Mignon Du Preez are becoming a member of Manchester Originals.

Jonny Bairstow, contemporary from serving to England win their Test sequence opener in Sri Lanka, has been retained by the Welsh Fire.

A draft was held in October 2019 however adjustments to gamers’ values and availability implies that groups have till February four to retain or launch them.

After that, there can be one other draft to fill the remaining slots.

The Hundred has been beset by controversy, with many critics arguing there is no such thing as a house in an already crowded calendar however cricket bosses say it’ll assist entice a brand new viewers to the sport.