Fast bowler Mohammad Amir’s poor form has ruled him out of Pakistan’s preliminary World Cup squad. He paved the way for the 18-year-old paceman Mohammad Hasnain.
However, Amir has been given one last chance to prove his form, and thus he will travel with the team to feature in the five-match ODI series against England starting in May.
While many of his supporters say that he’s an integral part of the WC squad, others put statistics above the favoritism, supporting the selection team’s decision.
Others believe his selection for the England series is a chance for the talented left-arm quick to prove his worth, just like he always did in the past.
Amir’s first reaction to the team management’s selection was no different. He showed no regret; instead, he was grateful to be given a chance for England series.
The 27-year-old bowler supported the Pakistan Cricket team and wished them luck for the mega event.
Here’s what he said:
Greatfull for being picked to play against england going to give my 100% InshAllah and good luck to the team for WC19 may the WC trophy comes home InshAllah.. lets support our team…
— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) April 18, 2019
Amir is one of the finest bowlers in modern cricket and enjoys support from the likes of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Imran Khan.
However, a year-long dry spell – with just four wickets out of 14 matches at an average of 92 – has not only affected his rhythm but also shattered his confidence as a bowler.
He missed the last two World Cups of 2011 and 2015 due to the five-year spot-fixing ban. This would most probably be his last World Cup (subject to form and fitness), and he should do his best make it to the final fifteen. The window is open until May 23, seven days before the start of the series.