Amir to replace Rauf in Pakistan T20 Squad in England (Photo: Twitter @ICC)

Sportspersons have to play the same sport in multiple formats and even sometimes, on multiple turfs. As the game evolves, more and more formats are added to the game to make it more accessible. 

In cricket, there are primarily three formats in the game. The original test format, one day international (ODI), and the twenty format (T20). We must realize that a player may be a good batsman/bowler in one format, but doesn’t mean he/she is the same in all formats.

Each player has a unique skill set and style of playing, which may not be suitable for all formats. It may be a small topic of discussion, but it can have serious implications on the team. This is the reason why we see different squads for both test formats and T20 formats.

Amir all set to join T20 squad of Pakistan

Left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir is set to replace Haris Rauf in the Pakistan T20 squad currently in the UK after originally pulling out of the tour because of the birth of his second child. Amir has now made himself available for playing.

However, the pacer will board the UK-bound flight only after he returns negative in two successive COVID-19 tests. As per reports, Amir was tested on Monday and his second test will be conducted in two days.

If cleared, Amir could feature in the three T20 Internationals against England, starting August 28 in Manchester.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to send an additional masseur in Mohammad Imran to the UK to manage the workload of the team’s regular masseur, Malang Ali, who had earlier tested positive twice before being cleared to travel.

Pakistan is scheduled to play three Tests and as many T20s against England during the tour.

All the matches of the tour will be played in a bio-secure environment amid the pandemic. We can hope for the best for both the teams. Only time will tell how things will pan out for the series.