Ravi Boparasays he is excited at the chance to feature alongside Pakistan star Mohammed Amir this season.
The former England all rounder is expected to pair with Amir at Essex and he feels Amir has the right blend of skills to trouble batsmen.
Bopara called Amir a “world class bowler” and he says there is a lot of excitement to have the player join them.
“It will be great to see him bowl with the red ball and the white ball in English conditions and I am sure he will make life hell for a lot of batsmen. We are all really looking forward to having someone like him at Essex as he is a superstar and a wonderful bowler. It’s not only exciting for the Essex players but it will be great for the fans as well who will show up hopefully in large numbers to see Amir in action,” the player said.
Amir was employed as Essex seeks to push for a title this season. He is expected to provide the needed push in the second half of the season. Bopara added that the team is already fancying their chances for a title because of the things Amir can do.
“He is a tremendous fast bowler and someone who can blow batsmen away at the top of the order and then clean up the tail later in the innings. He is able to get you those four or five wickets before you even know it; pretty much in the blink of an eye, especially with the red ball which he is notorious for swinging around,” Bopara said gleefully.
Bopara said he was happy with the initiative as it brings some competition in England as regular in high profile Twenty20 leagues. He said with more of these happening, the league can compete with the Big Bash League and the IPL.