Amir can be a deadly weapon for any team he represents.
Pakistan’s decorated left-arm couturier Mohammad Amir has become the focal point of discussions in the cricket fraternity since his retirement from the international circuit. In December 2020, the speedster created a lot of commotion and controversy when he decided to hang his boots for Pakistan at the age of 29.
A few days ago, Amir revealed that he is trying to get UK citizenship and will continue to play as he still has six or seven years of cricket left. The news about Amir moving to the United Kingdom (UK) created a lot of buzz on social media. If Amir obtains citizenship, he will be eligible to appear in the Indian Premier League as an English player.
Notably, the BCCI does not allow Pakistani players to participate in the T20 League. The only player who made it to the league after the inaugural edition is Azhar Mahmood. The former Pakistani all-rounder signed up as an English player and appeared for the Punjab Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders.
Thus, if Mohammad Amir takes the same path and goes under the hammer during the IPL auction then a lot of franchisees will be behind the speedster.
In this article, let’s take a look at 3 teams that can sign Mohammad Amir in IPL:
1. Kings of Punjab
The Kings of Punjab have a solid stimulus in the form of Mohammed Shami. The Indian fashion designer has proven to be a major asset to the Punjab-based franchise and has delivered many breakthrough performances. However, the franchise has yet to find a good partner for Shami who can do wonders in both power play and death over.
The 2020 edition saw Punjab pick Sheldon Cottrell, but bowling in the West Indies proved to be costly in the death overs and sank a lot of points. At the 2021 auction, PBKS played a bet including Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith in their bowling attack.
However, both players failed to make an impact in the now postponed 2021 IPL and were therefore excluded from the squad. So, it won’t be a surprise if the franchise led by KL Rahul decides to bid for the ex-Pakistani seaman, as Amir has a proven track record on the international circuit.