Mohammad Amir was cleared to bowl on the second day of Pakistan’s ongoing day-night Test against Sri Lanka, after a shin injury threatened to prevent him from taking any further part in the contest in Dubai on Saturday (October 7).
The 25-year-old took his first wicket of the series on Friday, but hobbled off the field after bowling three deliveries in his 17th over, visibly hurting from an injury.
“Amir was assessed for a shin injury and bowled in the nets,” said the team management. “He looked in discomfort initially but was cleared after bowling with a full run up.”
Salim Sohail, Pakistan’s team doctor, Mickey Arthur, the head coach, and Azhar Mahmood, the bowling coach, watched Amir bowl in the nets before deciding to let him continue bowling in the match.
That is good news for Pakistan, who will be looking to stop Sri Lanka from racking up a big total, as the visiting side resumed on their overnight score of 254 for 3. At stumps on the third day, Dimuth Karunaratne was unbeaten on 133, with Dinesh Chandimal (49 n.o.) lending him support at the other end.
Amir has struggled to bag wickets in this series. He bowled 39 overs without taking a wicket in the first Test, which Pakistan went on to lose by 21 runs in Abu Dhabi.
Since his return to international cricket following a spot fixing ban, Amir has picked up 44 wickets in 16 Tests but has also seen some 15 catches dropped off his bowling.
Sarfraz Ahmed, Arthur and Azhar have all backed Amir and hoped he will come good sooner than later.
There were reports that Amir told his teammates he wanted to retire from Tests to concentrate on One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 leagues, though the bowler dismissed the news. Amir is five scalps away from his 100th wicket in Tests.