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Mohammad Amir Announces Comeback to International Cricket, Eyes T20 World Cup 2024

Pakistani ace Mohammad Amir has called off his retirement, marking a significant return to T20 International cricket with aspirations to compete in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup. The 31-year-old pacer has expressed a renewed zeal to represent his nation in the forthcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2024, which is scheduled to take place in the West Indies and the USA.

Amir took to social media to announce his decision, stating, “I still dream to play for Pakistan! Life brings us to points where at times we have to reconsider our decisions.” This statement marks a significant shift from his retirement announcement in December 2020, when he cited mental torture and issues with the cricket board’s management as reasons for his departure from the international scene.

The fast bowler’s return has been influenced by positive discussions with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), where he felt a sense of need and potential to contribute to the national team. “There has been a few positive discussions between myself and the PCB where they respectfully made me feel that I was needed and can still play for Pakistan,” Amir elaborated.

Family support and encouragement from well-wishers have also played a crucial role in Amir’s decision to make a comeback. His readiness to be considered for the upcoming T20 World Cup underscores his commitment to prioritizing national duty over personal preferences.

PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi addressed Amir’s potential return during a press conference in Lahore, indicating that the newly formed seven-member selection committee would decide on the pacer’s future with the Pakistan cricket team.

Amir’s impressive performance in the ninth season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), where he showcased his prowess with the new ball and in death overs, has reignited discussions about his return to international cricket. The anticipation of fans for the 2017 Champions Trophy winner’s comeback has been palpable, especially as the 2024 T20 World Cup draws near.

However, in a recent interview with Geo News, Amir had stated that he had no intentions of returning to international cricket, emphasizing his enjoyment of league cricket and indicating that international play was not on his agenda.

The fast bowler’s collaboration with Pakistan’s T20I captain Shaheen Shah Afridi in the IlT20 side Desert Vipers has been noteworthy, with both pacers demonstrating their skills in the league and fueling speculation about Amir’s return.

As the cricketing community awaits official confirmation, Amir’s potential comeback could add a significant boost to Pakistan’s bowling lineup for the T20 World Cup. His experience and skill could prove invaluable in the high-stakes tournament, where Pakistan will aim to make a strong impression on the global stage.

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