Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the selection committee announced the Final 15-member Squad for Cricket World cup 2019, after a prominent whitewash to England by 4-0.
When it comes to the Cricket World Cup, the cricket craze in Pakistan is always on a boom, the fan’s perspectives are exciting in Pakistan than elsewhere in the world.
Two fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz, have been named into the squad replacing the left-arm pacer Junaid Khan, and the all-rounder Faheem Ashraf.
Previously Muhammad Amir and Wahab Riaz had been dropped when Pakistan announced the preliminary squad last month, but the overall performance against England series Pakistan has made the selectors make changes.
Another change, the middle order Asif Ali has replaced Abid Ali in the squad while the leg spinner Shadab Khan who had a viral infection and dropped from a series against England has now recovered and retains his place in the 15-member squad.
Unfortunately, regular test spinner Yasir Shah, who replaced the Shadab Khan against England series now, has no place in the squad.
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Muhammad Amir was previously dropped from the preliminary squad and was given a chance to prove his bowling skills against ODI series against England but could not play any match due to chicken pox infection.
Pakistani team is going through a hard time in ODI tournament and faced back to back whitewashes from Australia and then England with 5-0 and 4-0 respectively.
Muhammad Amir had his medical examination in London, and PCB has now announced that he has recovered and fit to play in the World Cup 2019.
Muhammad Amir could be the match winner bowler if he maintains his rhythm just like the way he performed in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final.
Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq told the reporters in a press briefing
After it became obvious that the bat is likely to dominate the ball in the World Cup, we revisited our strategy and reverted to the pace of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz. Amir and Wahab give the fast bowling attack more experience to back and support the relatively inexperienced, but immensely talented, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Hasnain.”
We believed that right now, utilizing the World Cup experience and knowledge of Wahab was the correct choice. Wahab has been training and playing club cricket, and a player of his caliber will not face much problem in adapting and adjusting to the grueling demands of the World Cup. If we have at our disposal two vastly experienced pacers in Amir and Wahab, then it will be foolish not to include them.”
Due to recent good batting performance against England, Pakistan has decided to focus more on the middle order as Pakistan has intense competition in the top order. Imam-ul-Haq had an incredible series against England and guaranteed his spot along with Fakhar Zaman; both openers were in sizzling form against England.
Now Abid Ali was the third choice for opening, However, Pakistan preferred to include big hitter Asif Ali in place of Abid Ali, who could bat in the middle order and support the batting line in a crucial time.
“It has not been an easy decision to leave out Abid, particularly after he got only one opportunity on tour,” Inzamam said.
But he was our third-choice opener. After both the first-choice openers struck early form, we preferred Asif Ali as he brings firepower to the team that can strengthen our chances in the tournament.”Inzi further added.
Wahab Riaz will join the squad in Bristol on May 22. Pakistan is ready to play the warm-up matches against Afghanistan and Bangladesh on 24 and 26 May, and they will kick off their first World Cup 2019 match against West Indies on May 31.
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The mouth watering contest of Pakistan against India would be played on 16 June in Old Trafford. It is expected that around 1 billion or more TV viewers would be watching this Heating battle.