The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has made some important decisions after the defeat of the team’s 4-0 series against England. The selection panel led by Inzamam-ul-Haq has made up to three changes in the preliminary team of the World Cup announced last month. Mohammad Amir, despite not playing any of the games due to illness, has returned thanks to the lackluster bowling of Pakistan in the recently concluded ODI series.
Wahab Riaz has returned by surprise to the Pakistan lineup after not having been close to the discussions in the recent past. It is very likely that he received the go-ahead due to his experience of playing in the conditions of England and very few must have forgotten the type of spell he had given to Shane Watson in the 2015 edition. Asif Ali has also been included after his heroics of lower order with the bat in England.
Unfortunately, he lost his two-year-old daughter struggling with cancer just a few hours after the fifth ODI and is probably with her family at this time.
Who were all fired?
A bad show in the England series has led Faheem Ashraf to be expelled. He was under pressure in this series after a bad show in the first couple of games. Ashraf opened the bowling for Pakistan in two innings and sent up 19 shots and conceded a total of 144 runs. He could only collect 1 window and that led him to be eliminated from the team for the rest of the series.
Along with him, Abid Ali has also been eliminated, who played only in the final ODI and scored five races, which was expected after the kind of show that Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq put on throughout the series. If necessary, Mohammad Hafeez can also open tickets during the World Cup in case of injuries. Junaid Khan seemed to be a brilliant choice in the preliminary team.
But he could not justify the selection in the two games he played. In flat shots, the pacemaker found himself wanting and granted runs to an economy of 7.88 in the 18 attempts he knocked down. He probably lost his place to Wahab Riaz and fans now expect this 15-man team to win the World Cup for Pakistan.
“Originally, Junaid and Faheem had been preferred to other bowlers for their recent performance and the investment we had made since 2017. They had the opportunity to consolidate their Cups in the Word Cup, but they were well below the level of the series. . “Against England, despite the fact that they faced the difficult challenge of playing bowling on calm and friendly terrain with hitters,” he explained.
“After it became clear that the bat is likely to dominate the World Cup, we revised our strategy and returned to the rhythm of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz, plus Amir and Wahab give the fast bowling attack more experience to support and support Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Hasnain, relatively inexperienced but with great talent.
“The lack of power from our front-line players in the recent ODI series against England meant that a change was necessary, and we now know that we will find ourselves with windows throughout the World Cup campaign.
“The combination of these two elements meant that we believed that at this time, using the experience of the World Cup and Wahab’s knowledge was the right choice.”
Wahab has played in total 79 ODIs collecting 102 windows.
“Wahab has been training and playing cricket in the club, and the player of his caliber will not have much trouble adapting to and adjusting to the strenuous demands of the World Cup, and playing in the warm-up matches of the World Cup, increasing his quota, he will have it ready for the game, “Inzamam said.
“The bowling unit during the ODI of England has not clicked as anticipated or expected, if we have at our disposal two duet duos with great experience of Amir and Wahab, then it would be foolish not to include them.”
In the series of England, Junaid obtained only two windows of two games with an economy of 7.88. Ashraf played three games through a wicket to an economy of 7.57.
Abid Ali played only one game, scoring five runs. Inzamam explained that the forms of Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq meant that they opted for the option of medium order in Asif over the first party of the reserve in Abid.
Pakistan World Cup Squad
Sarfaraz Ahmed (C), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Hasnain.