Amir would have been my first choice for World Cup: Wasim Akram


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01 May, 2019 10:37 am

DUBAI (92 News) – Wasim Akram, the legendary Pakistan fast bowler, believes Mohammad Amir could still make a late entry into the national squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

Since the 2017 Champions Trophy final, Mohammad Amir has picked up just five one-day international wickets at an average of 92.60. And that prolonged run of poor form cost the left-arm pacer his spot in Pakistan’s 15-man squad for the World Cup, which starts on 30 May.

Despite the decline in form, Amir has found a strong supporter in Akram, the former left-arm quick, who retired with 916 international wickets. Akram even said that Amir would have been his first pick, thanks to his tendency to do well in England and Wales.

“We can’t discount Amir from the World Cup,” Akram told AFP. “Amir would have been my first choice for the World Cup considering English conditions where he performs well.”

In eight ODIs in England, Amir has picked up nine wickets, and although his average of 38.33 isn’t anything to write home about, his economy rate of under five suggests that he’s been difficult to get away.

Akram did acknowledge that Amir hasn’t been at his best but backed the bowler to come good sooner rather than later.

“I am confident that he will do well once his rhythm is back… he is a good learner so I hope things will come good for him sooner than later because Pakistan need him.”

Amir will have an opportunity to make a final claim during the limited-overs series against England, where Pakistan face the hosts in five ODIs and also a Twenty20 International. The series will begin with a T20I in Cardiff on Sunday, 5 May.

Sarfaraz Ahmed concerned about Amir’s form
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Earlier on April 8, Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has expressed concern over ace bowler Mohammad Amir’s form ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

Amir, who was dropped after just one match in the recent five-match one-day international series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates, has gone wicketless in nine of his last 14 games. And Sarafraz was worried about the fast bowler’s predicament.

“When your main strike bowler is not taking wickets regularly, obviously it causes concern to the captain,” he told a television channel.

Pakistan stuns India to win Champions trophy 2017
Pakistan nearly missed out on qualification for the Champions Trophy altogether and began their campaign with a heavy loss to arch rivals India. But then victories over world No. 1 South Africa, Sri Lanka and hosts England set up a tantalising re-match against India in the Final at The Oval.
Not to be denied on this occasion, Pakistan set an imposing total of 338, led by a century to Fakhar Zaman before Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali combined to bowl India out for 158 to deliver an unlikely but memorable triumph.

In the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Amir’s spell of 3/16 in the final rocked the tournament favourites India to hand Pakistan victory. He was in exceptional form then, tormenting the strong Indian top-order and it looked like the 26-year-old was here to stay. Unfortunately, a string of below par performances since then have cast a shadow of doubt over his inclusion in the World Cup squad.


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