Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir (AFP Photo)

Left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir has returned to the Pakistan T20I squad for the upcoming three-match series against South Africa.

Amir replaces Waqas Maqsood which is the only change in a 15-man squad that played Australia and Pakistan in the UAE last year.

Amir has made a successful return to international cricket across formats following a recall for the South Africa Tests. He was dropped last year for the Asia Cup and was also overlooked for Pakistan’s home series against Australia and New Zealand in the UAE.

Under the captaincy of Sarfraz Ahmed Pakistan have been in sensational for in the shortest format and are the current top-ranked team as well.

In the year 2018, Pakistan won all but two of their 19 T20Is that including cleans series clean sweeps over West Indies, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand and a tri-series win in Zimbabwe.

“Once again, the selectors have gone ahead with the policy of maintaining consistency and retaining a winning combination,” Chairman of selectors, Inzamam-ul-Haq, said. “While our focus is very much on this year’s ICC Cricket World Cup, we cannot forget that the ICC T20 World Cup is in Australia in the second half of 2020. So, we need to give as much exposure and experience to our up and coming players as possible, but without compromising on the assignments in hand.”