Though Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir has missed to get his place in the preliminary 15-man squad of Pakistan cricket team but he has been included as one of the reserves and would be part of series against England prior to the mega event.
Pakistan chief selector Inzimam Ul Haq on Thursday, April 18 announced Pakistan team for the ICC World Cup-2019 and that missed name of Amir which has been talking point since.
However, the Pakistan legendary fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has backed Amir to make comeback and kead Pakistran opace attack in the World Cup.
Taking to his official twitter handle, Akhtar wrote, “ I still think Mohammad Amir could be a lethal weapon to have in English conditions. He has a chance to prove that in the England series and be selected for World Cup by May 23rd. Good luck Amir, you can do it”.
In another Tweet he said Pakistan team lacks leader in pace department and Amir was one such and in his absence that role has to be filled by Hassan Ali and supported by Junaid Khan.
“My biggest concern is the pace dept. This squad lacks a leader of the pace attack, leader of the herd who is aggressive and goes out to attack. Hopefully Amir can be that. In case that doesn’t happen, Hassan Ali has to step up and fill that role along with Junaid Khan,” he wrote.
In the announcement selectors, while not showing faith with Amir, reposed confidence in seniors Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez.
Inzamam said that Hafeez’s final inclusion in World Cup was subject to him being 100 per cent fit before the tournament as he is still recovering from a thumb injury.
“Doctors have advised him not to bowl or bat now but when his rehab is over he will be back in action in two weeks time,” he added.
Pakistan World Cup squad: Sarfaraz Ahmed (Capt), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Junaid Khan, Muhammad Hasnain.
Reserves: Asif Ali and Mohammad Amir.