[VIDEOS] Derbyshire sign Mohammad Amir for 2024 season

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Derbyshire have signed former Pakistan fast bowler, Mohammad Amir, as an overseas player for the first half of the 2024 season.

Amir, 31, will be available for the first half of the LV= County Championship fixtures of the 2024 season, as well as the entire Vitality Blast group stage.

Regarded as one of the finest Pakistan quicks of his generation, Amir claimed 259 international wickets in 147 matches across all formats, including 119 Test dismissals and best figures of 6-44 against West Indies in 2017.

He was a key member of Mickey Arthur’s Pakistan side which won the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, with Amir claiming 3-16 in the final, dismissing Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli.

In his career, Amir has claimed 266 first-class wickets at an average of just 22.63, while he has 287 Twenty20 dismissals to his name, taken all over the globe at 22.28 and an economy rate of 7.12.

Amir is heralded as a must-have player in T20 tournaments worldwide, and he also has experience of the English domestic game, having had spells with Essex and Gloucestershire in 2017 and 2022 respectively.

Head of Cricket, Mickey Arthur, said: “Mohammad is a world-renowned fast bowler and someone who I am delighted to bring to Derbyshire. He will lead our attack in red ball and T20 for the first half of next season and I’m so excited to see what he will produce.

“I know all about his quality, he has been a big-game player throughout his career and that’s something I’ve seen first-hand. I know the Derbyshire supporters are going to love seeing Mohammad charging in.”

Amir added: “I’ve enjoyed my experiences of county cricket in the past and joining up with Mickey, who I’ve had so much success with internationally, is something I’m looking forward to.

“The County Championship is so special and I’ve always enjoyed playing first-class cricket in England. I’ve spoken to Mickey about the quality in the squad and I want to put in the performances to help Derbyshire challenge in red and white ball cricket next summer.”

 
Mickey Arthur in an interview:

"Just very simply, he is still one of the best bowlers in the world. He swings it beautifully; he's a match-winner. Amir is just what we needed for our setup. He is just a massive asset to us,"
 

In this exclusive interview, Amir discusses his hopes for his time with Derbyshire, his excitement at working with Arthur again and what Derbyshire supporters can expect of him in 2024.

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Mohammad Amir on working with Mickey Arthur:

I admire him as for me he's one of the best coached I have worked with.

When I was working with him, I felt that there was no match for the belief he has for the players and the confidence he has in them.

When my manager told me about the opportunity at Derbyshire, I asked him to go for it because Mickey is there so I know him well and also know how he works with the players.

I think it's all about mutual respect and when you have a good environment in the dressing room, as a player your job is only to do go there and uh do well for the team.
 
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One more year and he becomes a UK Citizen. The question is will the ECB ever let him play for the England team given his tainted past.
 
All I'm hoping , Pakistan team will sort out its persona issue ( without much hope, realistically ) and will bring back Amir and Imad for the next years T20 world cup when some of the games will be played in USA. Planning to watch many of the Pakistan team matches in the stadium and would love to see Pakistan beating India and to be a title contender. At 32 Amir will be at the top of his game by then .
 
Soon Amir will be english national. Hence it's good for him to focus on English county cricket. His career for Pakistan is over.
 

Amir to miss start of the season with Derbyshire​


Mohammad Amir will not join-up with Derbyshire for the start of the season and the Club has begun the search for an overseas replacement.

The 31-year-old fast bowler has made the late decision to return to international cricket and is expected to shortly be named in the Pakistan squad for their home series against New Zealand, starting on 18 April. This precedes the ICC T20 World Cup, which begins in June, delaying his arrival at The County Ground until the end of that tournament.
Head of Cricket, Mickey Arthur, said: “While this is disappointing on the eve of the season, I respect Mohammad’s decision and following recent conversations with the Pakistan Cricket Board, I know he had aspirations to return to international cricket if the opportunity would arise.

“The Club and player are keen to see him join-up with Derbyshire at the end of the T20 World Cup for those final six Vitality Blast group games and discussions are already underway.

“In terms of an early season replacement, there are a few options we can explore and I’ve had encouraging conversations already today, but we won’t rush into a knee-jerk decision.

“We have a talented squad here at Derbyshire and have strengthened well over the winter. Our pre-season preparations have been the best I’ve seen in my time here and we’ve already got competition in the bowling attack going into April.”

 

Amir to miss start of the season with Derbyshire​


Mohammad Amir will not join-up with Derbyshire for the start of the season and the Club has begun the search for an overseas replacement.

The 31-year-old fast bowler has made the late decision to return to international cricket and is expected to shortly be named in the Pakistan squad for their home series against New Zealand, starting on 18 April. This precedes the ICC T20 World Cup, which begins in June, delaying his arrival at The County Ground until the end of that tournament.
Head of Cricket, Mickey Arthur, said: “While this is disappointing on the eve of the season, I respect Mohammad’s decision and following recent conversations with the Pakistan Cricket Board, I know he had aspirations to return to international cricket if the opportunity would arise.

“The Club and player are keen to see him join-up with Derbyshire at the end of the T20 World Cup for those final six Vitality Blast group games and discussions are already underway.

“In terms of an early season replacement, there are a few options we can explore and I’ve had encouraging conversations already today, but we won’t rush into a knee-jerk decision.

“We have a talented squad here at Derbyshire and have strengthened well over the winter. Our pre-season preparations have been the best I’ve seen in my time here and we’ve already got competition in the bowling attack going into April.”

They can take Muhammad Ali as a temporary replacement
 

Amir to miss start of the season with Derbyshire​


Mohammad Amir will not join-up with Derbyshire for the start of the season and the Club has begun the search for an overseas replacement.

The 31-year-old fast bowler has made the late decision to return to international cricket and is expected to shortly be named in the Pakistan squad for their home series against New Zealand, starting on 18 April. This precedes the ICC T20 World Cup, which begins in June, delaying his arrival at The County Ground until the end of that tournament.
Head of Cricket, Mickey Arthur, said: “While this is disappointing on the eve of the season, I respect Mohammad’s decision and following recent conversations with the Pakistan Cricket Board, I know he had aspirations to return to international cricket if the opportunity would arise.

“The Club and player are keen to see him join-up with Derbyshire at the end of the T20 World Cup for those final six Vitality Blast group games and discussions are already underway.

“In terms of an early season replacement, there are a few options we can explore and I’ve had encouraging conversations already today, but we won’t rush into a knee-jerk decision.

“We have a talented squad here at Derbyshire and have strengthened well over the winter. Our pre-season preparations have been the best I’ve seen in my time here and we’ve already got competition in the bowling attack going into April.”

 
Well, it is highly commendable that he is missing the start of the season with Derbyshire for the sake of Pakistan.
 
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir will join the Falcons for the final six Vitality Blast group fixtures, starting with the away match against Leicestershire Foxes on Saturday, July 6. Amir, who has claimed over 300 T20 wickets, will join Mickey Arthur's side after the ICC T20 World Cup, where he will represent Pakistan.

Renowned as one of the finest white-ball bowlers of his generation, Amir will bring more winning experience to the Falcons dressing room, having lifted the ICC Champions Trophy, T20 World Cup, Pakistan Super League, and the Vitality Blast in his career. He will be available for six T20 fixtures, including home games against Yorkshire Vikings at Chesterfield, as well as the visits of Lancashire Lightning and Durham to The County Ground, as the Falcons target a place in the knockout stages.

"The addition of Mohammad Amir to our T20 bowling ranks will give us a real boost for the second-half of the group stage, and he will be a key member of our attack as we look to progress," said Head of Cricket, Mickey Arthur.

"Since we found out he'd be going to the World Cup, we've been keen to make sure he is back with us for what is a key run-in in the Blast, and I'm pleased that we've been able to get this over the line."

"I've often described him as the 'Porsche' of white-ball bowlers, he's a world-class player in this format, and I'm looking forward to working with him again."
 
Should be released from the World Cup squad and allowed to join Derbyshire. He has been an embarrassment.
 
Fast bowler Mohammad Amir will debut for the Falcons this evening. He has signed an overseas deal to play the final six group games. He will line up alongside South African seamer Daryn Dupavillon.

We might see him play today in the T20 Blast game against Yorkshire.



Amir on playing under Mickey again:

"So far honestly really happy and looking forward as always to working with Mickey Arthur and it's a privilege doing that"

"I always used to say he's my favorite coach and he still is now"

"When he was with the Pakistan team that was the best time, I have in my career because the belief he has in on the players is unbelievable because he knows the abilities of the player very well"
 
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Does Amir have the fitness for 50 over cricket? I think overall he had a decent outing at World T20. We all have our bad days and Amir’s bad day came against USA in that superover.

I was surprised to see team management always sending Shaheen, Naseem & even Rauf above Amir in the batting line up. I think Amir could have been a decent tail ender at 8/9, if he was given confidence and support.
 
It wasn't a successful day for Derbyshire's Mohammad Amir, as he conceded 38 runs in his 4 overs and one wicket (1/38) and scored unbeaten 9 runs off 7 balls against the Birmingham Bears in the Vitality Blast, ultimately ending in a loss for his side.
 
Tough start for Mohammad Amir in the Vitality Blast this season.

In another match he went wicketless but remained economical with match figures of 0/22 in 4 overs against Worcestershire Rapids.
 
Again, an economical start by Amir in Vitality blast game for Derbyshire.. in 3 overs he gave only 14 runs but let's hope he will fill his wicket colmn too this time.
 
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Again, an economical start by Amir in Vitality blast game for Derbyshire.. in 3 overs he gave only 14 runs but let's hope he will fill his wicket colmn too this time.
A wicketless spell for Amir as he finished with final figures of 0/24 in 4 overs against Durham in a losing cause. So far he has claimed only 3 wickets for Derbyshire this Vitality Blast season.
 
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