Amir dropped, Abid & Hasnain selected for Pakistan’s World Cup squad

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LAHORE: The selection committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has named the 15-member squad on Thursday for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and England series.

Chairman selection committee, Inzamam-ul-Haq, said the side had been picked according to the conditions and included reliable batters, trusted wicket-taking bowlers and dynamic fielders.

“We have experienced batters, who are backed up by bowlers with plenty of variety and variation to exploit any type of conditions, Inzi added.

He added: “This is more or less the side we have been playing since the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. I have absolute trust that this side has grown further in experience and stature since 2017.”

Fast bowler Mohammad Amir has been omitted from Pakistan’s 15-man preliminary squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, but has been included for their ODI series against England.

The big-hitting Asif Ali is also part of the 17 to face England but not the 15 to contest the World Cup. Both could yet feature in the global tournament, with Pakistan having until May 23 to finalise their squad.

Sarfaraz Ahmed to lead the Men in Green in the cricket mega event.

All-rounder Mohammad Hafeez made a comeback in the Pakistan ODI squad as young speed gun Mohammad Hasnain and opening batsman Abid Ali to make a World Cup debut.

 

In fast bowling department, Pacers Hassan Ali, Junaid Khan, Muhammad Hasnain, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Faheem Ashraf make a place in the squad.

It is pertinent to mention here that Green Shirts to start their World Cup 2019 campaign against West Indies on May 31.

Squad: Sarfaraz Ahmed (C,WK), Shoaib Malik, Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Abid Ali, Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan, Babar Azam, Hassan Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Junaid Khan.

Additional for England series: Mohammad Amir, Asif Ali.

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