Former Pakistan captain and legendary left-arm bowler, Wasim Akram, has claimed that it will be wrong to overlook Mohammad Amir for the World Cup squad.
Mohammad Amir was left out of Pakistan’s preliminary World Cup squad due to his poor performances with the white-ball. However, he has a chance to force his way back in against England – a series Pakistan will be playing ahead of the World Cup.
This will be a devastating blow to Amir’s career if he fails to make the 15-man squad as he has already missed the 2011 and 2015 mega-events due to the spot-fixing ban.
Despite Amir’s deteriorating form, Wasim Akram believes that the 27-year-old can stage a comeback.
We can’t discount Amir from the World Cup. Amir would have been my first choice for the World Cup considering English conditions where he performs well.
Akram claimed that Amir has a lot of experience on his side and his good performances in England can help him make a comeback.
I am confident that he will do well once his rhythm is back.
He further explained that Pakistan’s bowling attack requires a blend of experience and youth. As of now, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan and Shaheen Afridi are in contention for the World Cup.
Another possible fast-bowler, who can make his way to the team is Mohammad Hasnain.
I am all for youth but experience has no substitute, so we should mix youth with experience. He is a good learner so I hope things will come good for him sooner than later because Pakistan team needs him.
Pakistan will face West Indies in their first match of the World Cup on 31st May.