Chickenpox rules out Muhammad Amir from World Cup

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Pakistan left-arm pacer Muhammad Amir has reportedly out from World Cup race due to chickenpox, a source revealed on Monday.

According to a reliable source, Muhammad Amir also left out from the remainder of England ODIs.

Amir missed the second ODI against England in Southampton because of what team officials said was a viral infection and he is set to miss the third game in Bristol on Tuesday as well. It has now emerged that the infection is likely to be chickenpox.

How long it will take him to recover is not clear but if it is a week from when he originally fell ill, it leaves him with a monumental task to break into 15-man squad. There are only two ODIs left in the series, on Friday and then Sunday. It is thought if he doesn’t recover in time for tomorrow’s game, it would be close to impossible for him to make it to the squad.

It is pertinent to mention here that Muhammad Amir was not part of Pakistan’s World Cup squad but because teams have till May 23 to make changes, it was thought his initial exclusion was not final.