Fast bowler Mohammad Amir welcomed his first ever child into the world early Tuesday morning, sharing an adorable picture with his little bundle of joy ahead of the historic Independence Cup series.
“Shukar Allhumdulilah blessed with the Rehmat of Allah .. Mashallah,” he tweeted from the UK, where he has been living with his wife and playing county cricket over the past few months.
According to reports, Amir’s baby daughter has been named ‘Mansa’.
Amir is in the Pakistan squad which will face World XI for three T20 matches in Lahore on September 12 (today), 13 and 15. However, he had not been able to join the team due to the imminent birth of his child.
He is expected to fly to Lahore to participate in the last leg of the historic series, which marks the return of international cricket to Pakistan after a drought of eight years.
Muhammad Amir will not play first match
Fast-bowler Mohammad Amir could potentially miss the entire World XI series as him and his wife are expecting their first-born, with the delivery due sometimes next week.
The 25-year-old, who played a key role in Pakistan’s Champions Trophy triumph, has been representing Essex in English county cricket of late.
He was expected to fly back home and link up with his countrymen for the much-awaited three-match T20I series against the World XI side, which would mark the end of international cricket drought in Pakistan.
However, due to the anticipated addition to his family, he is likely to be granted some time off from international duty, meaning his chances of participation in the watershed series are minimal.
While Amir’s is one of the first names on the team sheet in Tests and ODIs, he has a very limited impact in the game’s shortest format; he was rested for Pakistan’s last T20 series against the West Indies, whereas his last five T20Is have reaped only a single wicket.
Hence, his loss for the World XI series, as grave as it may seem, should not have too much bearing on Pakistan’s chances of pulling off a home win.
Amir’s fans would still be disappointed though as their hopes of watching him perform in the green of Pakistan after eight years has been taken away from them.
But soon after the World XI’s brief visit, Sri Lanka are scheduled to pay Pakistan a visit, and unless something unforeseen happens, Amir should be able to end his local fans’ thirst for quality fast bowling then.