Fast bowlers Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir were named in Pakistan’s team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, as the PCB selectors named the final 15-man liable for the marquee tournament. Cricket followers are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Currently, you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.
Both Amir and Wahab had been omitted from the preliminary squad that had been named last month. The duo has come in place of fellow left-arm pacer Junaid Khan and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf.
In the other major change, middle-order batsman Asif Ali was named in place of Abid Ali. And leg-spinner Shadab Khan, who suffered a viral infection and was pulled from the series against England, has recovered and retained his place in the final 15.
The real challenge will be to choose between Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan; the latter’s concern is his fitness, Amir — on the other hand — has not fired ever since the Champions Trophy two years ago. Junaid’s advantage lies in his Lancashire county cricket experience in England.
Earlier, Pakistan cricket chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq informed that Amir will be part of England T20I and ODIs to be played in the lead up to the World Cup from May 5 to May 19. Amir will also serve as a cover for the World Cup squad and, if required, can be drafted into the side until 23 May without International Cricket Council’s permission.
“For the T20I and ODI against England, we have added Asif Ali and Mohammad Amir as additional players. Asif is probably the best power-hitter in Pakistan, while Amir has the experience and a good record in England. These two will provide cover to the World Cup squad and can be drafted into the side by 23 May, if required,” he said.
Squad: Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt, wk), Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnanin, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz
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