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Amir returns to Essex for 2019 T20 Blast


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Amir was a part of Essex’s Championship-winning effort in 2017. © Getty

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir will feature in the 2019 T20 Blast playing for Essex, the county he helped win the Championship in 2017.

The left-arm quick will be available for eight games, including Essex’s opening match against Middlesex at Lord’s on July 18. Due to family commitments, Amir will miss the next two games against Surrey and Kent before rejoining the squad. He will then be with them until mid-August, when he heads to the Caribbean Premier League to fulfill prior commitments.

“I’m very excited to return to Chelmsford and re-join my Essex team mates,” Amir said. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time here in 2017 and I’m looking forward to playing my role in the club’s success this season.”

The 26-year-old had picked 28 wickets for Essex in 2017, including 14 wickets in 13 games in the T20 Blast.

“Mo is one of the most exciting bowling talents in the world and I’m ecstatic he’s going to be back with us,” Anthony McGrath, Essex’s head coach, said. “He has the ability to bowl at a fast pace whilst swinging the ball both ways and showed a real desire to come back to Chelmsford and be an Eagle again.

“Everyone has seen how devastating he can be with the ball and the talent he has, so I think alongside our other overseas player, Adam Zampa, we’re going to have one of the most dangerous bowling attacks in the Vitality Blast this year.”

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