Driven by the first blow of his international career, Mohammad Amir will play his first national first class match in Pakistan in three years. Amir will play for Sui Southern Gas Corporation (SSGC) in the current national season, after being eliminated from the test team to face Australia.
Since his reintegration on the Pakistan side, Amir has played 73 international matches in different formats, choosing up to 56 trial terrains at an average of 33.21, 33 ODI lands at 36.66, and 29 T20I lands while conceding 6.68 races above. It has been, more or less, an automatic pick in all formats, but its recent form in ODIs: it has gone without wickets in its last five games, and has only taken three terrains since the final of the Champions Trophy last year, to a average of 100.66 – now it has cost him his place.
Amir played four first-class games for SSGC in 2015 shortly after he returned from a five-point ban for point settlement, and picked up a five-for-one on a Quaid- e-Azam Trophy. But he has not played any first-class national cricket since then, having been a regular from Pakistan in all three formats, as well as participating in the county's cricket and T20 leagues.
In an interview with ESPNcricinfo before the Asian Cup, Amir spoke about the effects of his five-year break and what it has meant for his bowling alley.
"After five years [out of the game] a fast bowler takes at least two years to get back to the top with the mechanics [of bowling] It's different for a hitter or a spinner It took me two years to get used to my I did not train or play any cricket for five long years, so I spent a lot of time rebuilding myself.  "I had to cast longer spells to push myself and I feel that every time I cast longer spells I started to recover my rhythm A longer break is always a problem for me because I have to start over and this is difficult with the amount of cricket I am playing. Sometimes I think [it may have helped] if I could have played more domestic cricket to regain that rhythm. There are a lot of buts and buts, but all I think is that if I had not lost those five years, my wicket count could have been 300 or more. Things could be different. "
He spoke earlier this year about reducing his workload on Test to extend his international career, although he was impressive in the three tests that Pakistan played this year, one against Ireland and two against England, taking 12 fields with an average of 18.41, however, his bowling average in the UAE is less flattering, albeit with a small sample size: in four Tests in the adopted home of Pakistan, he has taken seven land at 56.42.