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5 reasons why Mohammad Amir won’t play in the IPL next season

By Bet Barter

May 21, 2021

Since he has applied for British citizenship, Amir will be eligible to play in the IPL. However, there is a high chance that Amir might not play in the tournament next season. Here are 5 reasons why Mohammad Amir might not participate in the IPL next season:

It could lead to an arduous relation between BCCI and PCB

The last time India and Pakistan played a bilateral series was back in the year 2012. Since then, BCCI has cut relations with PCB owing to political tensions between the two nations. Furthermore, BCCI has also banned Pakistani cricketers from playing in the IPL. If BCCI permits Amir to play in IPL 2022, it could lead to an arduous relation between BCCI and PCB.

BCCI’s stringent policy against defamed cricketers

Mohammad Amir was accused of match-fixing in a match against England back in 2010. Owing to this, Amir was handed a 5-year ban by ICC. The BCCI has a stringent policy of not allowing defamed cricketers to participate in the IPL. Since Amir was banned by ICC for spot-fixing, he might not get to play in the IPL next season.

Mohammad Amir might not receive British citizenship

Mohammad Amir recently applied for British citizenship. However, he has not received it yet. Amir only has an Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). As per the rules, you need to complete an ILR period of at least one year in order to receive British citizenship. The IPL mega auction will commence a month or two before IPL 2022. Hence, it is highly unlikely that Amir will complete a 1 year period of ILR. Consequently, Amir might not get British citizenship in time to play in IPL 2022.

Mohammad Amir’s current priority is his family

Amir recently stated that his current priority is his family. The 29-year-old is looking forward to spending quality time with his family in the UK. A typical IPL season usually lasts for at least 2 months. Hence Amir might decide to skip IPL 2022 and spend time with his family.

Mohammad Amir has performed poorly since his comeback

Amir looked out for form since his comeback back in 2016. The 29-year-old was back in action after serving a 5-year ban. In 2018 and 2019, Amir managed to scalp only 33 and 38 wickets respectively in all formats of the game. In 2020, he did not pick a single wicket in the 2 T20Is he played. Owing to poor performance since his comeback, Amir might not be recruited by any franchise in the IPL next season.

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