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Legendary Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir feels that left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz should have been picked for the World Cup instead of young pace bowler Mohammad Hasnain.
Hasnain was included in the World Cup squad due to 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.
In the four ODIs he has played to date, the 19-year-old has taken four wickets at an average of 59.
As for Wahab, he was not even included in the list of 23 probables for the World Cup, even though he was the third-highest wicket-taker in the PSL with 17 wickets in 13 games for the Peshawar Zalmi at an average of 19.88.
“Wahab Riaz should have been preferred over Hasnain as he is more experienced and can bowl at the same speed as Hasnain,” Qadir was quoted as saying by cricketpakistan.com.pk. “Hasnain should have been groomed first, instead of being fast-tracked into the side.”
Pakistan will kick off their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.