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Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Hasnain has made it clear that he is not feeling the pressure ahead of the World Cup.
Hasnain was included in Pakistan’s squad for the event and was favoured over left-arm seamers Mohammad Amir and Usman Khan Shinwari.
Hasnain stole the spotlight at the Pakistan Super League (PSL), where he claimed 12 wickets in seven games for the Quetta Gladiators at an average of 17.58.
He was subsequently called up to the Pakistan squad for the ODI series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates.
Hasnain made his international debut during the series and finished with two wickets in three games at an average of 78.
While some have questioned why the inexperienced 19-year-old has been included in the World Cup squad, chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq admitted that it was due to his pace.
“Hasnain has been selected due to his sheer pace and speed,” Inzamam had said.
When asked if he is feeling the heat going into the quadrennial event, Hasnain was quoted by Dawn as saying: “I am not under any pressure [for] the World Cup, and will try my level best to [live] up to the expectations of the nation and selectors.”
Pakistan will begin their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.