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Legendary Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar has revealed that the pace duo of Hasan Ali and Mohammad Amir should be the national team’s new ball bowlers during the World Cup.
Akhtar noted that the pitches in England will provide a lot of assistance to a bowler like Hasan and Amir, who memorably starred in the Champions Trophy final against India at The Oval in 2017.
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.
“On these pitches Pakistan should make use of Hasan Ali and Mohammad Amir as their new ball bowlers,” Akhtar was quoted as saying by cricketpakistan.com.pk. “The surfaces in England will assist a bowler like Hasan Ali.
“When the ball gets older, the likes of Wahab Riaz can be brought into the equation. Like in the warm-up match against Afghanistan, we saw how important it is to have a bowler like Riaz at the death.”
Pakistan will kick off their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on Friday.