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Amir out Junaid in as Pakistan announces 15-men squad for ICC World Cup

LAHORE: Pakistan dropped experienced fast bowler Mohammad Amir for the ICC Cricket World Cup starting next month in England.

Chief Selector Inzamamul Haq announced Pakistan team during a press conference.

Muhammad Amir paid the price of his poor form in the past two years (just 5 wickets in last 14 ODIs).

In his place, teenage pacer Hasnain, who impressed in the 2019 Pakistan Super League this year with his raw pace, has been inducted into the squad.

While Amir has not been named in the World Cup squad, he is one of two additional players — other being Asif Ali — who have been named in the 17-man squad for the upcoming ODI and T20I series against England in England.

“We, the selectors, the coach, and the captain have together drafted our best [possible] squad and tried to keep the Champions Trophy-winning group [intact],” Inzamam said at a press conference held in Lahore. “God willing, this team of ours will be successful.”

Inzamam said that Hafeez’s inclusion in the squad hinges on him proving his fitness, adding that changes can be made to the 15-man World Cup squad until May 23.

The chief selector defended the team’s recent ODI performance, saying that “a severely understrength Pakistan side gave Australia a decent fight, even if they lost the series.”

“It proved that we have bench strength,” he claimed.

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan had been whitewashed 5-0 by the Kangaroos.

Pakistan’s full World Cup squad

Fakhar Zaman

Imamul Haq

Abid Ali

Babar Azam

Shoaib Malik

Mohammad Hafeez

Harris Sohail

Sarfaraz Ahmed (c, wk)

Shadab Khan

Imad Wasim

Hasan Ali

Faheem Ashraf

Shaheen Shah Afridi

Junaid Khan

Mohammad Hasnain

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