World Cup 2019: Amir, Wahab Join Pakistan Squad

Pakistani cricketers Shahid Afridi (L), Wahab Riaz (C) and Mohammad Amir take part in a team practice session in Lahore on January 6, 2016. Pakistans cricket team leave on January 10 for New Zealand to play three Twenty20 matches and three One Day Internationals. AFP PHOTO / ARIF ALI / AFP / Arif Ali (Photo credit should read ARIF ALI/AFP/Getty Images)

Back to square one for Men In Green

Chief Selector of Pakistan Cricket Team Inzamam ul Haq did what was expected after the horrible series in England, make changes in the original squad for World Cup 2019.

No World Cup 2019 For Abid, Faheem, Junaid

The Selectors included middle-order batsman Asif Ali, discarded bowlers Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir to strengthen the final squad. They dropped Abid Ali, Junaid Khan, and Faheem Ashraf for not doing much in a series where the whole team failed.

The Return Of The Left-Armers

The return of Amir – Wahab might strengthen the Pakistan bowling, but one must remember the duo was not part of the preliminary squad due to lackluster performances. The axing of Abid Ali was a decision that wasn’t easy for the Selectors.

“It has not been an easy decision to leave out Abid, particularly after he got only one opportunity on the tour. But he was our third-choice opener. After both the first-choice openers struck early form, we preferred Asif Ali as he brings firepower to the team.”

While talking about the changes in the bowling line-up, Inzamam said that it was a decision to help the players in England.

“Junaid and Faheem had been originally preferred over a few other bowlers based on their recent performances and the investment we had made on them since 2017. They had the opportunity to cement their World Cup spots, but they were well below-par in the series against England, even though they were up against the difficult challenge of bowling on placid and batsmen-friendly wickets.”

Wahab Riaz to make an ODI comeback after 2 years

The last time Wahab Riaz played for Pakistan in ODIs was way back in the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017. His recall after two years had more to do with other bowlers than his own performance.

Amir was not part of the 4-0 loss to England

As for Mohammad Amir, he was part of the squad for the five-match ODI series against England. However, he went down with chicken pox and didn’t play any part in the 4-0 loss to the world no. 1 side. According to the PCB, he has recovered from the illness and is all set to lead the attack for Pakistan.

Pakistan to face Afghanistan, Bangladesh in World Cup 2019 warm-ups

Pakistan will play a couple of warm-up matches against Afghanistan and Bangladesh. They kick off their World Cup 2019 campaign with their match against West Indies on 31 May.

Men In Green falter as England win series 4-0

Yasir Shah to miss World Cup 2019

Since Shadab Khan has joined the team in England, his replacement Yasir Shah will also be returning to Pakistan.

Read more: Shadab Khan Might Feature in Final ODI

 

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