Pakistan’s top picks have left Mohammad Amir on top of the preliminary 15-man World Cup squad to be held next month in England.
The 27-year-old has been in a miserable form since guiding Pakistan to win against India in the Champions Trophy final in June 2017, with just four wickets in 14 games. For live action, you can buy Cricket World Cup Tickets.
But the fast thrower on the left arm, who missed the 2011 and 2015 World Cups due to a ban on attending a five-year-old match imposed in 2010. The head of team selection, Inzamam-ul-Haq, said that Amir’s form was worrying.
“Amir did not give the expected results,” said Inzamam, who was part of Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup winning team.
Amir is included in the 17-man squad for the five-match series against England from May 5 to May 19 and can return to his Cricket World Cup spot if he behaves well.
“We have included Amir for the English series with the hope that he will regain his pace and wicket-taking ability in the series,” said Inzamam.
Multi-purpose player Mohammad Hafeez was included in the Cricket World Cup team subject to a full recovery from a fractured thumb injury he suffered in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in February of this year.
“Hasnain is exciting and can be a surprise of Cricket World Cup package,” said Inzamam. Who played 3 ODI matches against Australia last month and got 2 wickets.
Another left-arm trainer, Junaid Khan was preferred to Amir. Opener Abid Ali was also called after scoring a first hundred goals against Australia.
The group is largely composed of young players, with only a handful of veterans – Sarfraz and Haris Sohail, who played in 2015. As well as Shoaib Malik, who played in 2007, and Mohammad Hafeez who took part at the 2007 and 2011 tournaments.
Pakistan Squad for Cricket World Cup 2019:
Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Fahad Al-Ashraf, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Imad Wasim, Jahid Khan, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Hafeez , Shoaib Malik, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi.
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