The former left-arm pacer, Mohammad Amir, has revealed his plans to take part in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Amir retired from international cricket last year, citing psychological torture by the present team management as the principal reason for his retirement from the international circuit.
He has since gone on to play only domestic T20 cricket, taking part in the inaugural Lankan Premier League (LPL), Pakistan Super League (PSL) and shall be seen in motion in the inaugural The Hundred and English domestic T20 cricket competition.
Amir revealed that his plan is to move to England, the place his spouse and children are already settled, and can hopefully obtain British Citizenship in the near future.
“For the time being, I’ve been granted indefinite departure to stay in the UK. I’m having fun with my cricket these days and plan to play for another 6 or 7 years so let’s see how things go. My children will grow up in England and receive their education there so no doubt I shall be spending a good period of time there. For the time being, I’ve not really thought about the different potentialities and opportunities available and how things will turn out when I receive British citizenship in the future,” Amir stated.
Though there is no such thing as an official policy of IPL that excludes the Pakistani players, however, they haven’t been allowed to take part in the tournament after the first season. Former Pakistani all-rounder, Azhar Mahmood, was the only Pakistani to play in the IPL after the first season. He grew to become eligible only after becoming a British citizen.
Amir is unlikely to play for Pakistan again, having retired from the national team at the age of 28, playing 36 Tests, 61 ODIs, and 50 T20Is in a career spanning 11 years, including a 5 year ban for spot-fixing.