English county Essex signs Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir

LONDON (AP) Convicted cricket spot-fixer Mohammad Amir will play for English county Essex next year.

The fast bowler will arrive at Essex after playing for Pakistan at the Champions Trophy, which is being staged in England in June.

The 24-year-old Amir will be available for Essex games in the county championship and Twenty20 competition.

Essex head coach Chris Silverwood says Amir ''showed a real desire to be a part of the club.''

Amir completed a five-year ban from international cricket in 2015 and served three months of a six-month prison sentence in England for taking bribes to bowl no balls at specified moments in a test match against England at Lord's in 2010.

Amir returned to test cricket against England in August as Pakistan drew the series 2-2.