Pakistan have finally announced the final 15-member squad for the upcoming World Cup which is scheduled to get underway from May 30 in England and Wales. The big revelation comes just a day after Pakistan conceding a 0-4 series loss in the recently concluded five-match ODI series against hosts England, which was also Pakistan’s last international assignment before the start of the showpiece event. Pakistan will be starting their World Cup campaign against the Windies on May 31 in Nottingham.
Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Asif Ali make their returns
The biggest headlining point in the squad announcement is the inclusion of the fast bowling duo comprising of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz. Both Amir and Wahab were not part of the preliminary squad announced earlier before the series against England. The former has been in the reckoning in the recent times, while Wahab Riaz has not featured in the Pakistan limited-overs team for almost two years now.
Along with Wahab and Amir, big-hitting batsman Asif Ali has also been included in the final World Cup squad. He was very impressive in the recent series against England. The trio of Abid Ali, Faheem Ashraf and Junaid Khan, who were initially part of preliminary squad, have been dropped from the final list.
"As far as Amir is concerned, we never discarded him. We now want to take a bowler who brings a bit of experience and the previous knowledge of having bowled in English conditions," quoted Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq.
Initially overlooked for the World Cup following the emergence of Hasnain, Amir has forced his way back in with the likes of Junaid and Faheem getting hit for plenty of runs in the ODI series against England. Junaid had conceded 57 runs off eight overs and 85 runs off ten overs in the two ODIs he played.
In the tour game ahead of the ODIs, he gave away 79 in ten overs and these figures prompted the selectors to bring back the experienced left-arm pacers, according to Inzamam.
"The bowling unit during the England ODIs has not clicked as anticipated or expected. If we have at our disposal two vastly