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Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq firmly believes that he “was an automatic selection” for the World Cup, which begins in England and Wales next month.
Imam noted that he had no doubts he would be included in the World Cup squad since he has scored 1,153 runs in 24 ODIs, which includes five centuries and five fifties, at an average of 54.90.
In addition to that, he holds the record as the second-fastest player to reach 1,000 ODI runs and only trails behind his opening partner, Fakhar Zaman.
“My average is  and since I have debuted for Pakistan, I have been their top-scorer in ODIs so Alhamdulillah, I was an automatic selection, so I don’t think they [selectors] had any pressure,” he was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “The media did put some pressure but in my view, they were clear on this.”
Imam also admitted to excited about playing in his first World Cup campaign.
“It’s a dream of any player to represent Pakistan in a World Cup, and I am doing that so obviously it is a great honour for me,” he said. “Being in the Pakistan side for almost a year-and-a-half means that there is more pressure on me due to added responsibility to help the side to victory.”
He also brushed aside criticism that he and Zaman have struggled to make large partnerships when opening the batting.
“For the past one-and-a-half years, Fakhar Zaman’s average is 56 and mine is 55 so that answers your question,” he said.
Pakistan will kick off their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.