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Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir joins ILT20 group Desert Vipers


ILT20 2023 runners-up Desert Vipers have signed up Mohammad Amir for the second season of the event. Amir will be part of his compatriots Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shadab Khan and Azam Khan within the Vipers squad.

Amir has 303 wickets to date in T20s and final performed the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in September final yr for Jamaica Tallawahs, the place he was the third-highest wicket-taker. His final aggressive collection, nonetheless, was the Abu Dhabi T10 within the UAE the place he gained the title along with his group New York Strikers with 5 wickets and an financial system price of seven.85. Within the PSL final yr, he was the highest wicket-taker for Karachi Kings, together with Imad Wasim.

“In signing Amir, now we have lined up a participant who is aware of each the format, and the circumstances within the UAE, inside-out,” Vipers’ director of cricket Tom Moody mentioned in a media launch. “He was taking part in in Abu Dhabi as lately as final month, for the New York Strikers within the T10 event, underneath one in all our coaches, Carl Crowe, with the Strikers occurring to win that occasion largely attributable to Amir’s contributions with the ball.

“And in a world the place participant availability isn’t at all times assured due to worldwide commitments, the very fact he now not performs for Pakistan means call-ups for his nationwide group will not be a difficulty.

“Amir provides additional depth to our high quality tempo assault and we look ahead to welcoming him to the Desert Vipers and to him contributing to what we hope and anticipate shall be a profitable marketing campaign.”

Amir mentioned he was wanting ahead to creating Vipers a high facet within the upcoming season too.

“The dressing room has some very gifted and skilled gamers like Alex Hales, Colin Munro and Sheldon Cottrell, and a few thrilling new faces, and I’m actually wanting ahead to taking part in with my fellow Pakistanis Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shadab Khan and Azam Khan,” he mentioned within the launch.

“I at all times get pleasure from taking part in within the UAE as a result of the cricket followers at all times help Pakistan gamers and cheer us on. I do know the native circumstances as I’ve performed loads of cricket there, in order that shall be a bonus for me. I can not wait to return to Dubai, and meet the group and all of the wonderful teaching employees, together with Carl Crowe, who I labored with within the T10 event final month.”

The second season of ILT20 begins on January 19 and Vipers’ first sport shall be in opposition to Abu Dhabi Knight Riders on January 21 in Dubai.

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