Pakistan suffers major blow ahead of ICC World XI

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir could be missing out on the upcoming Independence Cup in Lahore, which features the ICC World XI cricket team report local newspaper the Business Recorder.

As per ESPNcricinfo, Amir is expected to become a father, with the due date ‘potentially any time over the next week.’

This comes as major blow to Pakistan, with Amir out the bowling unit would weaken considerably– Amir has never played international cricket in front of the home crowd.

“For myself playing international cricket in Pakistan for the first time, is my life’s best moment,” Amir said earlier, in a video message, released by PCB.

However, other sources claim that Amir may skip the series since he suffered a back strain while playing for Essex.

“He has been playing non-stop cricket this year and understandably he might not want to take any gamble with his back problem as Pakistan is due to play a full series with Sri Lanka later this month in the UAE,” one source said, quoted Press Trust of India (PTI).

Earlier, the fast bowler was dropped by Essex after he suffered a back injury, and as a result failed the fitness test.

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