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Pakistan left-arm pace bowler is likely to miss the national team’s entire tour of Zimbabwe, or at least a small portion of it.
Pakistan will play a T20 tri-series against Zimbabwe and Australia from July 1 to 8 before taking on Zimbabwe in a five-match ODI series that runs from July 13 to 22.
It is understood that Amir has requested a break following the tour of Ireland and England, where Pakistan played a one-off Test against the former and two Tests against the latter.
While he may miss either the T20 tri-series or the ODI series, there is a possibility he could be rested for the entire tour since Pakistan have a busy winter season, which includes the Asia Cup and series against Australia and New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates.
Furthermore, during the tour of Ireland, Amir suffered from a knee issue, while in the second Test against England at Headingley, he sustained a shoulder niggle.
Given all these factors, and the fact that Amir wants to spend time with his wife and young daughter, it is likely that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will grant him some time off.
Amir stayed behind after Pakistan’s tour of England since his wife lives in the United Kingdom. However, he is set to return to Lahore on Saturday, ahead of the final selection of the squad for the Zimbabwe tour.
Pakistan’s squad is expected to be announced on Saturday.