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Former Pakistan pace bowler Jalaluddin has already ruled left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir out of the World Cup.
Amir missed the third ODI against England in Bristol on Tuesday as he has been diagnosed with chickenpox.
Amir was left out of Pakistan’s World Cup team when it was announced last month.
Amir’s form in ODIs has been dismal since the conclusion of the Champions Trophy in June 2017 as he has taken five wickets in 15 matches at an average of 92.60.
However, he still has a chance of getting into the World Cup squad if he performs well in the ongoing five-match ODI series against England.
But, with only two matches left in the series, Jalaluddin doesn’t see any way that Amir will break into Pakistan’s World Cup team.
“Now that it has become clear that Mohammad Amir [won’t] be part of our bowling squad [at the] World Cup, the team management should focus on the available bowlers,” he told The News International. “There is lack of variety in our bowling. Pakistan have two more ODIs against England and two practice matches before the World Cup. We have time to improve the bowlers’ confidence.
“Shaheen Afridi, Junaid Khan, Hasan Ali, [Mohammad] Hasnain, Shadab Khan [and] Faheem Ashraf are the main options. We also have the services of Shoaib Malik.”
After the ODI series against England, Pakistan will play two World Cup warm-up games against Afghanistan and Bangladesh in Bristol and Cardiff on May 24 and 26 respectively.
They will then begin their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.