Mohammad Amir, Asif Ali to be included Pakistan’s World Cup squad
| G Sports with Waheed Khan 16th May 2019

Mohammad Amir, Asif Ali to be included Pakistan’s World Cup squad: reports

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmad, Chief Selector Inzamamul Haq and Head Coach Micky Arthur have decided to include fast bowler Mohammad Amir and hard-hitting batsman Asif Ali in World Cup squad of Pakistan cricket team.

According to media reports, struggling all-rounder Faheem Ashraf and newly-selected opener Abid Ali will make way for both players. The 15-member squad will be announced May 23, a deadline set by International Cricket Council (ICC).

The World Cup will start on May 30 in England and Wales. Pakistan will play its first match against West Indies on May 31.

Asif Ali impressed the team management with 51 off 36 and 52 off 43 in the second and third One Day International (ODI) against England respectively. This performance cemented his place in the World Cup squad.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Amir is recovering from suspected chickenpox and is undergoing treatment in London. The left-arm pacer is not in the form since his match-winning performance against India in ICC Champions Trophy final in 2017. Since then, he has only bagged five wickets in his 14 international appearances.

Pakistan speedster Mohammad Amir and batsman Asif Ali are set to be named in Pakistan’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 squad after not being named in the 15-man preliminary squad for the showpiece event scheduled to start from May 30 onwards in England and Wales. Pakistan are currently facing England in a five-match ODI series in what can be called as last-gasp preparation for the quadrennial event.

However, if reports from Pakistan are to be believed then struggling all-rounder Faheem Ashraf and opener Abid Ali will be making way for Amir and Asif. Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, Cheif Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and coach Micky Arthur were involved in taking a strong decision as Pakistan gear up to give teams a run for their money at the Pakistan’s 15-member squad for the 2019 World Cup is expected to be announced on May 23, the deadline set by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

In the ongoing five-match ODI series between England and Pakistan, Asif has looked in solid touch with the bat and has scored back-to-back fifties in the second and third ODIs. Whereas, all is not going well for Amir, who is currently undergoing treatment for chickenpox in London. Amir was initially overlooked in the preliminary 15-man Pakistan squad but a massive cry from the supporters as well as former Pakistan players may have led to a change in decision.

England are currently leading the series 2-0 after the end of three matches, however, the results don’t give out the entire picture. Pakistan have played some good cricket, scoring 350+ runs in both the second and third ODI after the first match got washed out. But the hosts have looked a far better side in comparison to the Sarfraz-led outfit.

Pakistan will start their 2019 World Cup campaign against West Indies at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham on May 31.

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