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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has revealed that left-arm seamers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz were picked in the finalised World Cup squad since “they are our senior players”.
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.
“We picked Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz because they are our senior players,” Sarfraz was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “We announced 17 so we had the chance to change the squad before May 23.
“We picked Wahab because he knows how to bowl with the white ball and he bowls quick. When we faced England, we realised you need bowlers who bowl 140-145 kph and with Shadab coming back, I’m confident about my bowling attack.”
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.