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Full name Mohammad Amir
Born April 13, 1992, Gujjar Khan, Punjab
Current age 22 years 349 days
Major teams Pakistan, Federal Areas, National Bank of Pakistan, Pakistan Under-19s, Rawalpindi, Rawalpindi Rams
Also known as Mohammad Aamer
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm fast
|Test debut||Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Galle, Jul 4-7, 2009 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v Pakistan at Lord's, Aug 26-29, 2010 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Dambulla, Jul 30, 2009 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v Pakistan at Dambulla, Jun 19, 2010 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England v Pakistan at The Oval, Jun 7, 2009 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Australia v Pakistan at Birmingham, Jul 6, 2010 scorecard|
|First-class debut||North West Frontier Province v Federal Areas at Peshawar, Nov 6-8, 2008 scorecard|
|Last First-class||England v Pakistan at Lord's, Aug 26-29, 2010 scorecard|
|List A debut||Sui Southern Gas Corporation v Rawalpindi Rams at Hyderabad (Sind), Mar 20, 2008 scorecard|
|Last List A||India v Pakistan at Dambulla, Jun 19, 2010 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Rawalpindi Rams v Quetta Bears at Lahore, Oct 5, 2008 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Australia v Pakistan at Birmingham, Jul 6, 2010 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|6/84, 0, 0||Pakistan||v England||Lord's||26 Aug 2010||Test # 1971|
|1/49, 6, 5/52, 4*||Pakistan||v England||The Oval||18 Aug 2010||Test # 1970|
|12, 2/57, 16, 1/31||Pakistan||v England||Birmingham||6 Aug 2010||Test # 1969|
|3/41, 25, 1/35, 4||Pakistan||v England||Nottingham||29 Jul 2010||Test # 1967|
|3/20, 0, 4/86, 5*||Pakistan||v Australia||Leeds||21 Jul 2010||Test # 1965|
|4/72, 0, 0/67, 19||Pakistan||v Australia||Lord's||13 Jul 2010||Test # 1963|
|21*, 3/27||Pakistan||v Australia||Birmingham||6 Jul 2010||T20I # 185|
|11*, 3/27||Pakistan||v Australia||Birmingham||5 Jul 2010||T20I # 184|
|0/10||Pakistanis||v Northants||Northampton||3 Jul 2010||T20|
|16, 5/54, 44*, 0/8||Pakistanis||v Kent||Canterbury||28 Jun 2010||FC|
Mohammad Amir, a left-arm pace bowler, reveres Wasim Akram. Over 2007 and 2008, he also emerged, improbably young still, as a hot pace prospect. Even before he went to England on an U-19 tour, he had been picked out as a special talent by Akram himself at a pace camp he oversaw in Lahore in May 2007. By 2010, he had become the hottest pace bowling prospect around the world - but within months his career was in ruins following charges of spot-fixing.
He began in 2009 with an impressive showing on the domestic circuit, impressing with his whippy pace and swing. He took 55 wickets for National Bank of Pakistan in his debut season, and earned selection to the Pakistan World Twenty20 squad. There he hit the big time, taking over from an out-of-sorts Sohail Tanvir and bowling with pace, accuracy and courage.
He hovered in the high 80mphs, touching even 90 on occasion and was a crucial opening link in Pakistan's title run. He bowled several nerveless final overs and one absolutely crucial opening over, in the final, when he dismissed tournament top-scorer Tillakaratne Dilshan for a five-ball duck, peppering him with quick short balls. He carried on his form to the ODI version, picking match-winning figures of 4 for 28 against Sri Lanka in August before turning in consistent spells in the Champions Trophy. His Test career got off to a more sedate start after he picked 6 wickets on debut in Sri Lanka.
Thereafter, over tours to New Zealand, Australia and England, he matured remarkably, building up his pace and both new-ball and reverse swing. The 2010 tour of England saw the best of him and he became the youngest bowler, at 18, to take 50 Test wickets. But his world crashed around him when he was implicated in a spot-fixing scam in which it was alleged that he had bowled deliberate, pre-planned no-balls in a Test. In February 2011 he was handed a five-year ban following investigations by an ICC tribunal. He pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to six months in prison at Southwark Crown Court.
For 30 minutes, everything else took a backseat, as the world watched in awe and fear, a fired-up Pakistan fast bowler mercilessly bullying an Australian batsman
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.