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Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja has demanded that left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir be included in the World Cup squad.
Ramiz’s comments come after Pakistan failed to defend 358 in the third ODI against England in Bristol on Tuesday.
Not only did Pakistan lose the match, but England reached their target with more than five overs to spare.
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.
Amir missed the third ODI with chickenpox and now only has two matches left to make his presence felt.
Despite this, Ramiz called for the 27-year-old to be drafted into the World Cup squad as he feels Pakistan are lacking a leader when it comes to their bowling attack.
“Pakistan does not have a strong spin and fast bowling department, so I believe that Amir should be included in the World Cup squad because there is no leader of the pack [in] this bowling line-up,” he was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder.
After the ongoing five-match 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.