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Former England batsman and renowned commentator David Lloyd is backing Pakistan left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir to “get his mojo back” during the World Cup.
Lloyd’s comments come after Amir was included in Pakistan’s finalised World Cup squad.
He initially failed to make the cut as there were concerns over the fact that since the conclusion of the Champions Trophy in 2017, he had only taken five wickets in 15 ODIs at an average of 92.60.
However, while Lloyd acknowledged that Amir has gone through a rough patch, he believes it is possible the 27-year-old will return to his very best during the World Cup.
“When it comes to Mohammad Amir, it is quite possible that [he] may get his mojo back. He’s, after all, a quality bowler so I’d expect him to raise his game for the World Cup,” Lloyd told PakPassion.
When asked if Pakistan made the right decision in including Amir in their finalised World Cup squad, Lloyd said: “I think it is. He deserves it for what he has done in the past. He’s had a barren patch of five wickets in 15 ODIs but here in England you might just get overcast conditions or a bit of dampness and if you have someone like Mohammad Amir, someone of his quality then it could be his day. Of course, it’s the right call to have him in the Pakistan’s World Cup squad.”
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.