Wasim, the fabulous Pakistan fast bowler, trusts Mohammad Amir could still make a late entry into the national team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.
Since the 2017 Champions Trophy final, Mohammad Amir has picked up just five ODI wickets at an average of 92.60. And that long run of poor form cost the left-arm pacer his spot in Pakistan’s 15-man team for the CWC, which starts on 30 May.
Despite the decline in form, Amir has found a strong supporter in Akram, the former left-arm quick, who retired with 916 international wickets. Akram even said that Amir would have been his first pick, thanks to his tendency to do well in England and Wales.
“We cannot markdown Amir from the CWC,” Akram told AFP. “Amir would be my first choice for the CWC considering English conditions where he does well.”
In eight ODIs in England, Amir has picked up nine wickets, and although his average of 38.33 isn’t anything to write home about, his economy rate of under-five suggests that he’s been difficult to get away.
Waseem Akram did admit that Amir has not been at his best but backed the bowler to come good sooner rather than later.
“I am confident that he will do well once his rhythm is back… he is a good learner so I hope things will come good for him sooner than later because Pakistan needs him.”
Amir will have a chance to make a final claim during the limited-overs series against England, where Pakistan faces the hosts in five ODIs and also a Twenty20 International. The series will begin with a T20I in Cardiff on Sunday, 5 May.
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