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Will Amir miss the World XI series?
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Will Amir miss the World XI series?

Pakistan’s star pacer Mohammad Amir will have to wait a bit longer to play his first International match in front of his home crowd as he is likely to miss some part, if not all, of the T20I series against the World XI. The 25-year old has not returned to Pakistan to join the preparatory camp for the series against World XI as he and his wife are expecting a birth of their first child anytime over the next week.

Amir was named in the 16-man squad announced for the series against World XI but he is currently representing Essex for the County Championship and Natwest T20 Blast this summer.

Earlier this year, he was rested for the four-match T20 series against the West Indies. It remains a question to whether he’ll be an automatic pick in the starting XI as his performances in this format haven’t been particularly impressive – he has only one wicket in his last five T20 appearances for Pakistan.

Missing out on International cricket in Pakistan will be a blow for him as it means he hasn’t played an international in front of a home crowd since his debut over eight years ago. The first time he represented Pakistan was at the World T20 in 2009, months after the terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore.

A year after that, he found himself banned from cricket altogether for spot-fixing. That ban made him ineligible when Zimbabwe played a limited-overs series in Lahore in 2015, the only international cricket to have taken place in Pakistan since March 2009.

If the series against World XI goes on smoothly, Amir will have a chance soon enough. Sri Lanka are scheduled to play one of their three T20Is against Pakistan in Lahore in October, and West Indies may also play a series of three T20Is in November in Pakistan.