Muhammad Amir returns to international cricket as New Zealand bat in first T20I

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir returns to international cricket from an absence of almost four years after New Zealand won the toss in their rain-delayed first Twenty20 in Rawalpindi on Thursday. The 32-year-old retired in December 2020 after being dropped from the side but changed his mind last month and decided to restart his career, which had also been stalled by a match-fixing ban in 2010.

Pakistan have handed T20I debuts to batter Usman Khan, spinner Abrar Ahmed and allrounder Muhammad Irfan Khan to gauge their bench strength ahead of June’s World Cup in the United States and the West Indies.

New Zealand, missing nine players due to the Indian Premier League, handed a T20I debut to batter Tim Robinson. The remaining matches are in Rawalpindi on 20 and 21 April and in Lahore on 25 and 27 April.

PAKISTAN: Babar Azam (captain), Usman Khan, Abrar Ahmed, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Amir, Muhammad Irfan Khan, Naseem Shah, Saim Ayub, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi

NEW ZEALAND: Michael Bracewell (captain), Mark Chapman, Josh Clarkson, Jacob Duffy, Dean Foxcroft, Ben Lister, Jimmy Neesham, Tim Robinson, Ben Sears, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi

Umpires: Ahsan Raza (PAK) and Aleem Dar (PAK)

TV umpire: Faisal Afridi (PAK)

Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)

Source: Supersport

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