Independence Cup, the series between World XI and the Pakistan cricket team is all set to begin from 12th September.
A huge crowd is expected to turn up but they might be left a little disappointed as Pakistan’s front line seamer, Muhammad Amir, might miss the chance to feature in the exciting games infront of the home crowd in Lahore.
According to sources, Muhammad Amir suffered a back spasm while bowling for Essex against Somerset. With figures of 2 for 21, the Pakistani seamer was forced out of the field due to pain.
Amir’s name was announced for the playing XI for the game against Lancashire which started yesterday, but failed to pass fitness test before the game and was replaced by Sam Cook.
Since his return from the 5-year ban, which was imposed in 2010, Muhammad Amir has performed quite decently whereas most bowlers found it difficult to maintain consistency. To borrow a phrase from Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, Mohammad Amir has turned doubters into believers.
He has already delivered outstanding performances for Pakistan, which helped him secure his selection for Essex.
Since his arrival in English county cricket, Amir has delivered match-winning performances. He took 10 wickets against Yorkshire to help his team top the table.
Amir’s absence is a huge blow to Essex and will also disappoint the Pakistani fans who are hoping to see the bowler who tore apart the Indian side during the ICC Champions Trophy.
There are no conclusive reports as to whether Amir will be selected for the matches against ICC World XI or not, but cricket fans are hopeful that he recovers in time for the series.