Last week, Pakistan announced its squad for the 2019 ICC World Cup in which they did not choose the veteran pacemaker, Mohammad Amir. The 27-year-old left-arm point guard, who had beaten India’s big rivals in the 2017 ChThe pacer could pick only five wickets in his last 14 games and went wicketless for nine consecutive matches.. Even Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed sounded pessimistic about the strike bowler prior to team selection.
However, although Amir supporters found disappointing that the player could reach the WC. He has been included in the 17-man squad that will play in the limited series against England before the WC in May. If the pacemaker on the left arm can recover the rhythm in that series, it still has a chance to reach the squad, since the rules of the ICC set May 23 as the deadline to make changes in the respective squadrons of the team without any approval.
Amir has been working hard
“Amir has an opportunity in the England series [to make the final cut] He has been working hard here and he has shown it in his bowling on the training field In yesterday’s practice match, he looked good while playing “We will try to give him an opportunity in England so that he can act,” Sarfaraz said at the headquarters of the Pakistan Cricket Board in Lahore.
“He is performing well and his attitude has been exceptional.” He has been brilliant in recent weeks and will have opportunities in England to prove to us that he still deserves a place on the World Cup team, “said coach Mickey Arthur.
But the former champions have not yet given up their quest to play Amir in the showpiece tournament.
Pakistan will play England in five ODIs and one T20I before . But the former champions have not yet given up their mission to play Amir in the Showpiece tournament.
Pakistan will play against England with five ODI and one T20I before starting their WC campaign against the Windies at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
He went wicketless in two of the five series he was involved in since the Champions Trophy. In one other – against Zimbabwe – he picked up just one wicket in three matches. In all of these series, he averaged 50 or more.
Considering how Pakistan pacers have performed since the Champions Trophy, it is no surprise that Amir was excluded. Hasan Ali tops the wicket chart with 35 wickets in 23 matches but even the second highest wicket-taker, Usman Shinwari, who took 28 wickets at an average of 19.32, couldn’t manage to win a place in the World Cup squad.
All Pakistani pacers, except Mohammad Abbas, have averaged much better than Amir in this time frame.