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Mohammad Amir to play for London Spirit in inaugural edition of The Hundred
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Mohammad Amir to play for London Spirit in inaugural edition of The Hundred

Veteran paceman Mohammad Amir will turn out for Lord's-based London Spirit in the debut season of The Hundred after he was retained by the franchise.

Amir will link up with Afghanistan's senior all-rounder Mohammad Nabi to make up for the team's overseas contingent.

The Hundred was initially supposed to be held in the summer of 2020 but faced a year's delay owing to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

The new 100-balls-per-side tournament featuring eight sides has managed to bag the services of some cricket's biggest stars, though the unavailability of certain players has put a dampener on the proceedings.

Despite the packed international calendar and travel restrictions due to Covid-19, the likes of Jason Roy, Sunil Narine, Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan have grabbed a spot in the retentions list.

Amir recently announced his international retirement citing "mental torture" under the current Pakistan team management. The 28-year-old later clarified he would be willing to return to the national side in the event of the exit of the Misbah-ul-Haq-headed backroom staff.

Amir's signing with London Spirit comes amidst the backdrop of his involvement in the infamous spot-fixing scandal in 2010 when he was found guilty of bowling deliberate no-balls at a Test match in Lord's.

He was the most expensive pick among Pakistan players in the original draft, going at £100,000 to the London club. He is now one of the 54 players whose participation in the inaugural Hundred is confirmed by the competition authorities.

The men's event will be held concurrently alongside the women's version of The Hundred, which also boasts prominent names in the mix including Marizanne Kapp, Lizelle Lee and Mignon Du Preez.

There will be a mini-draft after February 4 to fill the remaining slots in the teams' respective squads. The Hundred has continued to be marketed as a game-changer aimed at attracting a new audience to the game.

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