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Pakistan left-arm pace bowler Mohammad Amir believes the concerns over the flat tracks at the World Cup have been over-exaggerated.
Amir’s comments come amid worries that the tracks will be a batsman’s paradise while the bowlers will have to toil hard to take wickets.
The 27-year-old noted that he and all the other pace bowlers will have to rely on their skills and ability to swing the ball.
However, if the ball is not moving around, Amir pointed out that using different variations will be key to getting breakthroughs.
“People have made a mountain out of a molehill that flat tracks will do this and that,” he told AFP. “I agree that it’s a challenge for bowlers but you need to swing the ball and if it’s not happening then you have to rely on your variations.
“I don’t get bogged down by the hype on flat tracks.”
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.
However, he was included in the finalised World Cup squad, along with fellow left-arm pace bowler Wahab Riaz and big-hitting middle order 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.
Pakistan will begin their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on Friday.