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Mohammad Amir: Pakistan bowler reverses retirement in time for 2024 T20 World Cup

Bowler Mohammad Amir says he has followed a “dream” by reversing his retirement from Pakistan cricket in a decision which could result in him playing at the T20 World Cup.

The 31-year-old made 146 international appearances across three formats before retiring in 2020, saying he had been “mentally tortured” by Pakistan’s management.

Amir had joined Derbyshire for the first half of their Championship season and T20 Blast group games but will only be available for six group matches after the T20 World Cup, which starts on June in the USA and West Indies.

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“I still dream to play for Pakistan,” Amir told his millions of social media followers. “Life brings us to the points where at times we have to reconsider our decisions.

“There have been positive discussions between myself and the [Pakistan Cricket Board] where they respectfully made me feel that I was needed and can still play for Pakistan.”

Derbyshire head of cricket Mickey Arthur told the club website the development “disappointing on the eve of the season” but said he respected the decision.

“Following recent conversations with the Pakistan Cricket Board, I know he had aspirations to return to international cricket if the opportunity would arise,” Arthur added.

Amir to return for Pakistan

Pakistan are likely to name Amir in their squad for a five-match T20 series at home to New Zealand from April 18.

“I want do this for my country as it comes before my personal decisions,” he added.

“Donning the green jersey and serving my country has always been, and will continue to be, my greatest aspiration.”

All-rounder Imad Wasim announced on Saturday that he was also changing his decision to retire from Pakistan duty.

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