Asif Ali, M Amir might join Pakistan World Cup squad

BRISTOL: Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur, captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq are considering batsman Asif Ali and fast bowler Mohammad Amir in the squad for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup, sources said on Thursday.

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It has been decided that in order to make room for Ali and Amir, struggling all-rounder Faheem Ashraf and the rising star, opener Abid Ali would be left out of the 15-member squad, which can be changed until May 23 deadline announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The mega cricket event is set to begin in England and Wales from May 30 with Green Shirts facing West Indies in their opening match on May 31.

The 27-year old Ali surprised spectators and selectors with 51 off 36 and 52 off 43 in the second and third ODIs during the ongoing series against England, effectively improving his chances to join the squad.

Amir, although recovering from a suspected case of chicken pox and undergoing treatment in London, impressed his critics with a match-winning performance in Champion’s Trophy 2017 final, but has managed to get only five wickets in his last 14 international matches.

Amir’s chances for inclusion in the World Cup squad are further strengthened due to the national team’s dreary bowling attack against England in the ongoing series.

Both Asif Ali and Mohammad Amir were initially neglected for Pakistan’s preliminary 15-man World Cup squad ahead of the England series.

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