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Former Australia spinner Brad Hogg criticised Pakistan for including left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir in the finalised World Cup squad.
Along with Amir, fellow left-arm pace bowler Wahab Riaz and big-hitting middle order batsman Asif Ali were included in the side.
With the trio coming in, left-arm pace bowler Junaid Khan, all-rounder Faheem Ashraf and opener Abid Ali were axed.
Amir initially failed to make the cut for the World Cup squad as there were concerns over the fact that since the conclusion of the Champions Trophy, he had only taken five wickets in 15 ODIs at an average of 92.60.
However, given the poor performance of Pakistan’s pace bowlers during the five-match ODI series against England, Amir was drafted into the side.
“I would have put Pakistan in my top four favourites for the World Cup if they didn’t make the final changes to their bowling attack,” Hogg was quoted as saying by cricketpakistan.com.pk. “They had quality bowlers there, but they started to panic and went for an experienced bowler who hasn’t performed in last couple of years.”
However, Hogg was glad that Wahab and Asif were drafted into the team as he feels they can be beneficial during the World Cup.
“Faheem Ashraf had to go as he wasn’t performing well,” he said. “I like the inclusion of Riaz as he has pace and a fantastic yorker, which makes him extremely important during death overs.
“Asif Ali is an explosive lower order batsman who can get crucial runs for Pakistan.”
Pakistan will begin their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on Friday.