Mohammad Hasnain makes bold claim about why he was selected in Pakistan’s World Cup team

Mohammad Hasnain believes he has been selected in Pakistan's World Cup squad due to his pace cricket

Mohammad Hasnain: “Pace is natural to me and that is the reason I have been selected”

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Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Hasnain believes his ability to bowl extremely quick is the reason he was included in the World Cup squad.

Hasnain was picked ahead of left-arm seamers Mohammad Amir and Usman Khan Shinwari when Pakistan announced their World Cup team earlier this month.

Hasnain made his international debut in the recent five-match ODI series against Australia, where he took two wickets in three games at an average of 78.

He was called up to the national team for his performance 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 stole the spotlight during the tournament as he was praised for being able to bowl at speeds up to 150km/h.

In the one-day warm-up game against Northamptonshire, Hasnain finished with figures of 1-30 off seven overs.

“Pace is natural to me and that is the reason I have been selected so I am trying to improve my pace further,” he was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “I want to bowl better and in an attacking manner to get wickets.

“This is the first time I have come to England, and this is my first experience of English wickets. The wickets are good and the ball is swinging also, so it’s really helpful for me.”

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