Wasim Akram still hopeful of Amir forcing his way back into Pakistan’s World Cup squad


Wasim Akram believes it is premature to write off Mohammad Amir’s chances of making Pakistan’s 2019 ICC World Cup squad and is still hoping for the left-armed pacer to turn things around.

Amir has endured a miserable time in limited-overs cricket over the past two years or so with the pacer picking up just four wickets in 14 ODIs since the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final against India.

That poor form led to Amir missing the cut for Pakistan’s 15-man preliminary World Cup squad although the pacer will get one more chance to force his way in.

The 27-year-old has been included in the Pakistan squad for the upcoming five-match ODI series against hosts England and could still make a case for himself with the deadline for finalizing the World Cup squad being May 23.

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