Junaid Khan tapes his mouth shut to protest World Cup snub

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Pacer Junaid Khan found a unique way to register a protest over his sudden omission from the ICC World Cup squad.

Junaid Khan, Faheem Ashraf and Abid Ali were removed from the squad to make way for Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir and Asif Ali after Pakistan’s dismal performance against England in a five-match ODI series.

“I dont want to say anything. Truth is bitter. (Sach karwa hotha hai),” Khan tweeted, sharing a picture with his mouth sealed with black tape.

In a press statement issued by the Pakistan Cricket Board, Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, said the team combination has been revised after taking into account the fast bowlers’ performance against England as well as considering the nature of wickets that are likely to be presented in the World Cup.

“Junaid and Faheem had been originally preferred over a few other bowlers based on their recent performances and the investment we had made on them since 2017. They had the opportunity to cement their Word Cup spots, but they were well below-par in the series against England even though they were up against the difficult challenge of bowling on placid and batsmen-friendly wickets.

“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. Furthermore, Amir and Wahab give the fast bowling attack more experience to back and support the relatively inexperienced but immensely talent Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Hasnain.”

While Junaid protested his omission, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir took to Twitter to express their joy at their inclusion in the squad.