Amir Extends Essex Stay


Essex County Cricket Club can today confirm that Mohammad Amir has extended his contract with the Club.

The 27-year-old has signed up for the remainder of the Vitality Blast group stages and will now be available to face Sussex Sharks, Hampshire, Surrey and Kent Spitfires.

Amir will also be the Club’s Overseas player for the upcoming Specsavers County Championship Division One fixture against Kent, starting on 18 August, which will be the final red-ball game of his career.

Essex Head Coach, Anthony McGrath, is delighted that Amir has prolonged his stay, and said: “We are really pleased that Mohammad will be playing red-ball cricket for us, especially after retiring from Test cricket with Pakistan in the past month.

“Mohammad agreed to play in this County Championship fixture before announcing his retirement from Test cricket, so we are really grateful that he has followed through on his promise given the circumstances.

“He will give us the extra dimension as a left-armer in our bowling unit and is a great replacement for Peter Siddle, who has now gone to play for Australia in the Ashes.”

Amir featured three times for Essex during the 2017 Specsavers County Championship campaign, as Ryan ten Doeschate’s side went on to claim the Division One title for the first time in 25 years.

The left-armer took 14 wickets at an average of 13.50, with his best figures of 5-18 coming in a memorable performance against Yorkshire at Scarborough.

Essex’s Overseas signings are in partnership with Seven Investment Management, the Eagles’ Vitality Blast shirt sponsor.