Thunder decline chance to sign Amir


Former Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir, who has been out of the game for five years after confession to, and being found guilty of, match-fixing, will not be playing in the Big Bash League, despite his agent's efforts.

Amir returned to domestic cricket in Pakistan recently and has been playing in their T20 cup for the Rawalpindi Rams, doing rather well after such a long break from the game. But the Sydney Thunder opted to pass on the offer of signing him.

Simon Auteri, a representative of Insignia Sports International, told the Sydney Morning Herald: "We approached the Sydney Thunder and at that point we thought they still had a spot left for a similar type of player.

"With the World Twenty20 coming up early next year we thought it might have been a decent fit.

"We appreciate with a lot of these teams abroad it will probably be a tough sell especially until he gets back playing at the highest level.

"He's back fully playing and he wants to play abroad, and he's still so young. We think that he does deserve another go and that's what we're trying to do."

According to the report, Thunder boss Nick Cummins said he wanted an all-rounder as his second international player, the first being Jacques Kallis.