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Vitality T20 Blast 2021 – Mohammad Amir joins Kent for second half of Blast

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Pakistan left-armer could be available for up to seven group games and the knockouts

Mohammad Amir, the Pakistan fast bowler, has signed to play for Kent in this year’s Vitality Blast. He is set to arrive for the second half of the competition, after the conclusion of the rearranged Pakistan Super League, and be available for up to seven group matches, as well as the knockouts if Kent qualify.

Amir, 29, retired from international cricket last year and is effectively a T20 specialist, having not played any other format since 2019. He was a World T20 winner in 2009, helping Pakistan to lift the title at Lord’s, and played for Blast champions Essex during the group stage two summers ago.

His first game could come against Essex, with Kent travelling to Chelmsford on June 25 – although his involvement will depend on the progress of Karachi Kings at the PSL. The final of the PSL is scheduled for June 20 in Karachi, but Amir’s arrival from Pakistan, which is currently on the UK government’s travel “red list”, is likely to mean serving a period in quarantine.

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