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Pakistan pace bowler Hasan Ali welcomed the inclusion of left-arm seamers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz in the finalised World Cup squad.
Amir 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.
Wahab was initially not included in the list of 23 probables for the World Cup, but was the third-highest wicket-taker in this year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL) with 17 wickets in 13 games for the Peshawar Zalmi at an average of 19.88.
However, both of them were included in the finalised World Cup squad, along with big-hitting batsman Asif Ali.
With the trio coming in, left-arm pace bowler Junaid Khan, all-rounder Faheem Ashraf and opener Abid Ali were axed from the side.
Hasan noted that 19-year-old seamers Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Hasnain will benefit from Amir and Wahab’s inclusion in the World Cup team.
“Their inclusion in the squad is a great sign for Pakistan cricket,” Hasan was quoted as saying by cricketpakistan.com.pk. “Wahab has the experience of playing in the World Cup before while Amir is a world class bowler.
“Youngsters like Mohammad Hasnain and Shaheen Shah Afridi will benefit from their presence in the squad. My experience is also less as compared to those of Amir and Riaz.”
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.