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Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja has said that left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir must be included in the World Cup, even though he has struggled to take wickets in ODIs for nearly two years.
Since the Champions Trophy final in June 2017, Amir has only taken five wickets in 14 ODIs at a dismal average of 92.60.
Despite this, Ramiz believes that Amir is too important of a bowler to leave out.
“There is much debate over the inclusion of Mohammad Amir in the World Cup squad, however you cannot ignore him as he is still the most skillful bowler with the new ball for Pakistan,” Ramiz was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder.
Ramiz admitted that Amir could play a big role when Pakistan go up against India in Manchester on June 16.
During the Champions Trophy final against India, Amir produced an incredible spell of bowling, where he dismissed Rohit Sharma, captain Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan in quick succession.
Amir ended the match, which Pakistan won by 180 runs, with figures of 3-16 off six overs.
“I would still take an outside chance and would include Mohammad Amir because he is still a big match performer,” Ramiz said. “As you know, our biggest match would be against India, and against the arch rivals we need a bowler who can bring the ball inwards with the new ball.”