Why is Akhtar concerned about Pakistan’s World Cup team?

Shoaib Akhtar concerned about Pakistan World Cup squad since it lacks leader of pace attack and feels that Mohammad Amir would have been perfect to fill that role Pakistan cricket

Shoaib Akhtar: “This squad lacks a leader of the pace attack”

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Legendary Pakistan seamer Shoaib Akhtar is worried about the squad picked for the World Cup as he feels the pace attack is lacking a leader.

With that in mind, Akhtar feels that the national selectors made a mistake in leaving left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir out.

Amir was highly likely omitted from the squad due to his terrible form in ODIs since the conclusion of the Champions Trophy in June 2017.

From then until now, he has takenĀ five wickets in 14 matches at an average of 92.60.

With Amir not being picked, Akhtar noted that fast bowlers Hasan Ali and Junaid Khan will have to step up and have a major impact with the ball.

“My biggest concern is the pace department,” he tweeted. “This squad lacks a leader of the pace attack, leader of the herd who is aggressive and goes out to attack. Hopefully Amir can be that. In case that doesn’t happen, [Hasan Ali] has to step up and fill that role along with [Junaid Khan].”

Akhtar added that Amir “could be a lethal weapon” in English conditions.

Even though the 27-year-old did not make the cut for the World Cup squad, he was included in the team for the five-match ODI series against England, which will run from May 8 to 19.

“I still think [Mohammad Amir] could be a lethal weapon to have in English conditions,” Akhtar said in another tweet. “He has a chance to prove that in the England series and be selected for World Cup by May 23. Good luck Amir, you can do it.”

Pakistan can make changes to their World Cup squad without seeking permission from the International Cricket Council (ICC) until May 23.

The men in green will kick off their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.