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Derbyshire: Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir to miss start of county season

Mohammad Amir playing for Essex
Mohammad Amir has previously played county cricket for Essex and Gloucestershire

Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir will miss the start of the season with Derbyshire to return to international cricket.

Amir, 31, had signed to play for Derbyshire for the first half of the Championship season and all the T20 Blast group games.

But he will only be available for six group matches after the T20 World Cup.

It is expected that Amir will now be named in Pakistan's squad for a five-match T20 series at home to New Zealand, starting on 18 April.

Left-arm quick Amir last played for his country in 2020, having made 146 appearances across all three formats.

Derbyshire will now look for an overseas replacement for Amir, with their Championship campaign set to start on 5 April.

"While this is disappointing on the eve of the season, I respect Mohammad's decision," Derbyshire's head of cricket Mickey Arthur told the club's website.

"Following recent conversations with the Pakistan Cricket Board, I know he had aspirations to return to international cricket if the opportunity would arise."