On This Day: April 13, 1992 - Mohammad Amir was born

Gotham Cronie

Test Debutant
Jun 15, 2006

Mohammad Amir, a left-arm pace bowler, reveres Wasim Akram. Over 2007 and 2008, he also emerged, improbably young still, as a hot pace prospect. Even before he went to England on an U-19 tour, he had been picked out as a special talent by Akram himself at a pace camp he oversaw in Lahore in May 2007. By 2010, he had become the hottest pace bowling prospect around the world - but within months his career was in ruins following charges of spot-fixing.

He began in 2009 with an impressive showing on the domestic circuit, impressing with his whippy pace and swing. He took 55 wickets for National Bank of Pakistan in his debut season, and earned selection to the Pakistan World Twenty20 squad. There he hit the big time, taking over from an out-of-sorts Sohail Tanvir and bowling with pace, accuracy and courage.

He hovered in the high 80mphs, touching even 90 on occasion and was a crucial opening link in Pakistan's title run. He bowled several nerveless final overs and one absolutely crucial opening over, in the final, when he dismissed tournament top-scorer Tillakaratne Dilshan for a five-ball duck, peppering him with quick short balls. He carried on his form to the ODI version, picking match-winning figures of 4 for 28 against Sri Lanka in August before turning in consistent spells in the Champions Trophy. His Test career got off to a more sedate start after he picked 6 wickets on debut in Sri Lanka.

Thereafter, over tours to New Zealand, Australia and England, he matured remarkably, building up his pace and both new-ball and reverse swing. The 2010 tour of England saw the best of him and he became the youngest bowler, at 18, to take 50 Test wickets. But his world crashed around him when he was implicated in a spot-fixing scam in which it was alleged that he had bowled deliberate, pre-planned no-balls in a Test. In February 2011 he was handed a five-year ban following investigations by an ICC tribunal. He pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to six months in prison at Southwark Crown Court.

Wow I remember taking that picture at the team hotel.

What a roller-coaster ride Amir's career has been so far.
Why doesn’t PP take these kinds of pictures with players anymore?
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The moment Pakistan got one hand on the ICC Champions Trophy! &#55356;&#57286;<br><br>To celebrate <a href="https://twitter.com/iamamirofficial?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@iamamirofficial</a>'s birthday, revisit the crucial moment he claimed the wicket of <a href="https://twitter.com/imVkohli?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@imVkohli</a> in the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CT17?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CT17</a> final! <a href="https://t.co/q7LYyHRfZC">pic.twitter.com/q7LYyHRfZC</a></p>— ICC (@ICC) <a href="https://twitter.com/ICC/status/984838643851382787?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 13, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Happy Birthday to the lad.

His career has been an insane ride so far but no matter what happens , he's given Pakistan some absolutely unforgettable moments.
Birthday for Amir today.
He has played 36 Tests for Pakistan:
12 in England.
5 in Australia.
5 in New Zealand.
3 in South Africa.
1 in Ireland.
3 in West Indies.
4 in UAE.
3 in Sri Lanka.

Played a high percentage of his career Tests in conditions that generally suit the faster men.

Sad to see him turn his back on Test Cricket in the manner he did.
Happy Birthday superstar.

After Afridi, this guy has given us some of our most memorable victories in recent times