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Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has revealed that pace bowler Mohammad Hasnain is the “surprise package” in the World Cup squad.
Hasnain was selected ahead of Mohammad Amir and Usman Khan Shinwari in Pakistan’s World Cup squad.
However, Pakistan are allowed to make changes to their team without permission from the International Cricket Council (ICC) until May 23.
Hasnain starred in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), where he claimed 12 wickets in seven games for the Quetta Gladiators at an average of 17.58.
The 19-year-old was subsequently called up for the recent ODI series against Australia, where he made his international debut and took two wickets in three games at an average of 78.
Inzamam earlier admitted that Hasnain’s inclusion in the World Cup squad had to do with the fact that he can bowl at speeds of around 150km/h on a consistent basis.
“A surprise package should be there, some people told me that Abid Ali has played only two matches while Hasnain too has played a few games,” he was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder. “So I thought about the 1992 World Cup, I had myself played six to seven matches, Zahid Fazal had played eight to 10 matches, then there was Iqbal Sikander, Wasim Haider, and Aamir Sohail was also inexperienced, so it is all about the combination.”
Pakistan will kick off their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.