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Pakistan pace bowler Hasan Ali believes that with left-arm seamers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz having been included in the World Cup squad, the team’s bowling attack “is now at full strength”.
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 know that our bowling, which has been our strength, is not doing well but with the return of two experienced bowlers in Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir our bowling is now at full strength,” Hasan was quoted as saying by Sport24.
Pakistan will begin their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on Friday.