Shahid Afridi: “Personally I’ll miss [Wahab Riaz] because of [his] pace and [Mohammad Amir] given the English conditions”
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Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi believes that left-arm seamers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz should have been picked in the World Cup squad.
Amir was likely left out due to his dismal form in ODIs since the conclusion of the Champions Trophy in June 2017.
Since then until now, the 27-year-old has only taken five wickets in 14 matches at an average of 92.60.
As for Wahab, he was not among the list of 23 probables selected for the World Cup, even though he enjoyed a highly successful Pakistan Super League (PSL) campaign.
In the tournament, Wahab finished as the third-highest wicket-taker with 17 wickets in 13 games for the Peshawar Zalmi at an average of 19.88.
“Must’ve been a tough decision for [the] selection committee to select the best 15 member squad for the [World Cup]. Best of luck to those who have made it – hopefully you’ll bring the cup home. Personally I’ll miss [Wahab Riaz] because of [his] pace and [Mohammad Amir] given the English conditions,” Afridi tweeted.
Pakistan will kick off their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.