Amir pro­moted after ban lifted

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Pakistan’s star fast bowler Mohammad Amir was pro­moted into the coun­try’s top cat­e­gory yes­ter­day fol­low­ing his bril­liant Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy per­for­mance, just 19 months since re­turn­ing to in­ter­na­tional cricket after a five-year spot­fix­ing ban. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) shuf­fled sev­eral play­ers while is­su­ing new lists of con­tracts for na­tional duty, given on the ba­sis of per­for­mances in in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic matches.

“A num­ber of young play­ers have been awarded con­tracts this year keep­ing in mind that the na­tional team’s per­for­mances in all formats,” said a PCB re­lease.

Amir, who was ear­lier listed in the ‘B’ cat­e­gory after his re­turn to the game, was el­e­vated to ‘A’ class in the reshuf­fle, join­ing the ranks of cap­tain Sar­fraz Ahmed, Azhar Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Ma­lik and Yasir Shah. The 25-year-old, along with then cap­tain Sal­man Butt and pace part­ner Mohammad Asif, was banned in 2010 for ar­rang­ing de­lib­er­ate no-balls in re­turn for money dur­ing the Lord’s Test in Eng­land.

All three play­ers were also jailed by a UK court in 2011. Since his re­turn in Jan­uary last year, Amir has taken 43 wick­ets in 14 Tests, 30 in 21 one-day in­ter­na­tion­als and 11 in 13 Twen­ty20s.

He took three cru­cial wick­ets in Pakistan’s im­prob­a­ble Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy vic­tory over arch-ri­vals In­dia in Lon­don last month. — AFP

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