Pakistan pace sensation Mohammad Amir is yet to play an international match on his home soil, and the wait is likely to continue as he is set to miss a part of the T20I series against the visiting World XI side. Amir and his wife are expecting their first child. Pakistan are set to play World XI in a 3-match T20I series.
Amir has been playing for Essex, ever since their historic win over India in the 2017 Champions Trophy. The lanky seamer was instrumental in his side making early inroads into the Indian batting, thereby resulting in a huge win for Pakistan and ending a victory drought over their arch-rivals in a major ICC event.
He has had a successful stint with the county cricket in England, including the Natwest T20 Blast. Till date, it has been eight years since he last played in front of his home crowd – the gap being too long due to his five-year ban for spot-fixing.
It will be a blow to him – softened considerably by fatherhood of course – as it means he will not have 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, just months after the attacks on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore. The only recent time when Pakistan witnessed some action in front of their home crowd was when Zimbabwe toured them for a limited-over series in 2015.
Amir still has a chance and his fans won’t have to wait long. Sri Lanka are due for a T20I in Lahore on October 4, and West Indies in November. The only three members from the current squad for World XI series who have played international cricket in Pakistan are Sarfraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik and Sohail Khan.