Pakistan has announced their squad for forthcoming ICC World Cup and has left out the experienced Mohammed Amir of the squad.
However, Amir still has a chance to make it to the World Cup squad as he along with Asif Ali has been included in the squad for Pakistan’s tour of England before the World Cup. Their selection for the World Cup depends on their performance against England. Teams are allowed to change their squads before 23 May without asking for permission from ICC.
Chief selector and legendary batsmen Inzamam ul Haq said that the team has been selected keeping the conditions in mind. “In England and Wales, conditions play a critical role. With this in mind, we have selected a three-dimensional side, which gives the captain a wide range of options of whatever game plan he chooses on a match day. “
“We have experienced batters, who are backed up by bowlers with plenty of variety and variation to exploit any type of conditions. “This is more or less the side we have been playing since the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. I have absolute trust that this side has grown further in experience and stature since 2017. Supported by the flare, skill, talent, and killing-instinct, this side has the capability and potential to rise to the occasion and produce strong performances.”
“While picking the side, we’ve tried to cover all bases by assessing our strengths as well as analysing each opponent, the match venues and the event format.”
ON the inclusion of Mohammed Hafeez he said “Hafeez has not played any cricket for the past 10-odd weeks, but he has always featured in our plans. Although his inclusion in the World Cup squad is subject to fitness, yesterday we got a boost when he started playing with tennis ball with his doctor confirming he will be available for selection for the series against England. Our World Cup opener is on 31 May against the Windies, which is still six weeks away, and we are confident he will be fully fit and ready to display his vast international experience.
“Abid Ali and Mohammad Hasnain have been selected after they cleared their fitness tests at the National Cricket Academy on Thursday morning.
“Abid is the third opener in the side, and has earned a place following a string of high scores, including a magnificent century on debut against Australia last month. Hasnain has been selected due to his sheer pace and speed. He may not have played many ODIs but he has already made an impact by making the top batsmen hop and run in his brief career while also picking up wickets.
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, Mohammad Hasnain.