The selection of the World Cup of Mohammad Amir became an uncertainty after the captain Sarfraz Ahmed expressed his concern about the inability of the experienced pacifist of the left arm to take windows in the International one day.
“When his main bowler in the strike does not take windows regularly, he obviously causes concern to the captain,” Sarfaraz told a television channel.
Since the Champions Trophy final in the oval in 2017, when he produced a 3 by 16 spell, Amir, 26, has not taken more than one wicket in 14 ODI and has also run out of a wicket in nine of these matches.
Even he has reached an average of around 85 per wicket in these 14 games and his pace and pace of attack have dropped in the test matches.
The selectors must announce the squad of the Pakistan World Cup on April 18 and sources say they are likely to announce 17 to 18 players to go to England on April 23.
“Pakistan must play an ODI series of five games against England, in addition to some games against the English counties in May, and given that each country must finalize its 15-member team for the World Cup before May 23, Selectors may want to have a final look at Amir before deciding whether or not to play in the mega event, “said one source.
Sarfaraz agreed that not only had Amir’s strike rate been drastically reduced, but his pace had also dropped.
“I can not say if he (Amir) will be on the World Cup team or not, but our minds are clear about our plans and when the team is announced, everyone will know,” added the Pakistan captain.
The source confirmed that Amir’s selection is uncertain, as even head coach Mickey Arthur and bowling coach Azhar Mahmood seem to have lost faith in him as they make a comeback.
“Arthur has backed Amir all this time, but with more rhythm options available now, he is having doubts about Amir’s confidence in the big event,” the source said.
Amir, who has played 36 Tests, 50 ODI and 43 T20 Internationals in a race ruined by the repair scandal in 2010 and the subsequent five-year ban, was publicly criticized by Sarfaraz along with the other players during the Test series at South Africa in January.
Criticism stung Amir, who had come out of a press conference during the series when asked about his captain’s thoughts about his bowling and his performances.
Amir also fell after just one game in the recent ODI series of five games against Australia in the UAE.