Paceman Mohammad Amir has taken another step towards international re-integration following a ban for match-fixing after being included in a Pakistan training and fitness squad.Amir, former Test captain Salman Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Asif served jail sentences in Britain after being found guilty in 2011 of various offences of corrupt behaviour.The trio were cleared to return to the sport by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in September after serving suspensions.Left-armer Amir, 23, is one of 26 players named for the fitness camp that will run from Dec 21-Jan 7 in Lahore, said the Pakistan Cricket Board.”I am thankful to my fans, family and my friends who always support me and encourage me,” said Amir on his Twitter account. “Will try my best to give 100 per cent to my country.”Pakistan travel to New Zealand for three Twenty20 internationals and three one-dayers against Brendon McCullum’s side starting from Jan 15.
Chelsea have roped in French striker Olivier Giroud from Arsenal on Wednesday. Chelsea have strengthened their forward line with the signing of Giroud on an 18-month contract.Giroud’s arrives at Stamford Bridge after struggling to cement a place in the Arsenal starting lineup this season, with manager Arsene Wenger preferring to start Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette as a lone striker.Giroud provides Chelsea boss Antonio Conte with options up front and eases the pressure on their record signing Alvaro Morata, who has gone off the boil after a good start to life in London.”Chelsea is one of the biggest teams in the Premier League,” the 31-year-old Giroud said in a statement.”They have won maybe the most trophies in the last six or seven years. It’s a massive club and I am proud to sign for Chelsea, and I’m looking forward to playing.”See you at the Bridge, @_OlivierGiroud_! #GiroudIsBlue pic.twitter.com/EtkluPT2PE— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 31, 2018Giroud has made 16 league appearances this season, 15 as a substitute. He joined Arsenal from French side Montpellier in 2012 and his goal tally has hit double figures in each of the last five seasons.Chelsea were linked with several strikers who could offer an aerial threat, including AS Roma’s Edin Dzeko, Peter Crouch of Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur’s Fernando Llorente, before landing Giroud following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s arrival at Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund.Chelsea’s Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi has completed a loan move to Dortmund until the end of the season.(Courtesy: Reuters)advertisement@_OlivierGiroud_#GiroudIsBlue pic.twitter.com/Ep6Hrhc9AR— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 31, 2018