Vitality Blast 2022: Gloucestershire signs Mohammad Amir as Naseem Shah’s Replacement

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Vitality Blast 2022: Gloucestershire signs Mohammad Amir as Naseem Shah’s Replacement

 

Gloucestershire has signed Mohammad Amir as a replacement for Naseem Shah for the Vitality T20 Blast 2022. Amir, who had played two County Championship matches for Gloucestershire earlier this season when Naseem was injured will make his T20 Blast debut for Gloucestershire against Somerset on Friday night, subject to PCB clearance.

The 19-year-old pacer, Naseem returned to Pakistan earlier this month when his father fell ill & though his condition has improved, he will not return to Bristol as PCB has arranged a training camp for its players, confirmed Gloucestershire.

Naseem played only four games for Gloucestershire this season before a shoulder injury cut short his stint with the club, which he suffered on his debut. “He has shown incredible dedication and work ethic, despite some small issues meaning he couldn’t take the field as much as he and we would have liked,” Steve Snell, Gloucestershire’s performance director, said.

“It has been great to see him develop as a young man – his English has improved immensely, which is something he should be very proud of. He is a very popular member of the squad, and we very much hope to see him back playing in Bristol in the years to come.

“We’re delighted to welcome Mohammad back to the squad. He’s a proven international performer and to have his experience available to us for the remainder of the Blast tournament will be invaluable.”

Currently, in the T20 Blast, Gloucestershire occupies fourth place in the nine-team South Group table and is well-placed to qualify for the Vitality Blast 2022. The club suffered another major jolt as they would be without the services of T20 Blast’s leading wicket-taker David Payne who will miss the next three games of Vitality Blast 2022 due to his involvement in England’s ODI series in the Netherlands.

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