For first T20 against New Zealand Pakistan picked a three-man pace attack and it included tainted Mohammad Amir as well. The left-armer represented Pakistan for the first time after he was handed a five-year for his involvement in spot-fixing in 2010. Also Check- Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st T20- As it Happened
Amir, who was handed the new ball, ended with match figures for 1-31 from four overs. However, he was little unlucky as couple of catches went down off his bowling. The lone wicket in his kitty came on the last ball of his spell in shape of Matt Henry.
”Must give credit to the fast bowlers, especially Umar Gul and Mohammad Amir, they came back [after a long time] and bowled tight,” said Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi during the post-match presentation. Also Check- In Pics: Pakistan beat New Zealand by 16 runs in 1st T20
Amir started with a wide and gave away eight runs in his first over, including four as leg-byes. He was then taken off the attack and brought back in fourth over. He then created a chance to dismiss Kane Willaimson, but Afridi dropped an easy catch at cover. Williamson then went on to score 70 off 60 balls. In his next over, Sohaib Maqsood dropped a catch of Tod Astle to deny Amir another wicket.
The left-armer looked nervous to start with but will be relieved man to see himself back in Pakistan colours.
Watch Amir’s first over in international cricket after the 5-year ban.