ICC World Cup 2019: Mohammad Amir Brought Back for Showpiece Event
Pakistan left-arm speedster Mohammad Amir bagged a spot in the upcoming Pakistan World Cup squad after the premier pacers of the Men in Green went for plenty in the recent ODI series. They failed to defend 350+ scores on both occasions. The decision to include Amir was mainly due to the experience of the left-arm fast bowler.
The selectors were alarmed after a thrashing at the hands of England batters. This made them include Amir in the squad and he might again be the most important bowler for Pakistan in the showpiece event. However, Mohammad Amir has been suffering from chicken pox and is expected to undergo an examination as per reports in PTI. It has been learnt that both Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed head coach Mickey Arthur has given Amir enough time to recover from his illness.
“The chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq is also in agreement with the team management but he wants to first be sure Amir can be fit by the time the World Cup starts from May 30,” a source close to PCB said.
As per his quotes, the Pakistan team management is waiting for the medical report of Mohammad Amir. He has been sent to London and is expected to be surrounded by his in-laws after it was learnt that he was suffering from chicken pox.
“If the cricket board confirms that Amir can make a recovery in two weeks time, the management and chief selector will want him in the World Cup squad,” the source said.
Mohammad Amir was definitely not the first choice bowler for Pakistan for the World Cup as he was not picked in the preliminary squad. However after the Pakistan bowlers were plundered for plenty in the ODI series against England, the team management decided to bring back Amir for the big event slated to start in England and Wales from 30th May.
“They are also keeping a close look at Asif Ali who has scored two successive half-centuries in the ODIs and if he continues his form he might well be included in the World Cup squad but at whose cost this has to be decided,” he added.
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