Without Amir, Pakistan World Cup squad 'lacks leader of the pace attack', feels Shoaib Akhtar

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Apr 19, 2019, 06:06 PM(IST)

File photo of Mohammad Amir. Photograph:( Reuters )

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The left arm pacer had recently cleared the fitness test but was replaced by young gun, Mohammad Hasnain, who was Pakistan's highest wicket-taker in the Under 19 World Cup, last year.

Pakistan Cricket Board, yesterday, announced their World Cup squad and the biggest talking point of the announcement was the exclusion of Mohammad Amir.

The left arm pacer had recently cleared the fitness test but was replaced by young gun, Mohammad Hasnain, who was Pakistan's highest wicket-taker in the Under 19 World Cup, last year.

Surprised by the decision, former pacer Shoaib Akhtar took to Twitter, informing why Amir will be a 'lethal weapon' for Pakistan in English conditions.

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Akhtar, who is often referred to as Rawalpindi Express for his pace, stressed that Amir has the ability to swing the ball both ways. He also added that Amir can prove his worth in the upcoming England series and book his place in the playing XI.

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Amir has been picked in the squad for the England series which will be played just before the World Cup.

For the uninitiated, the teams can make changes till May 23 without seeking permission from the ICC's event technical committee. 

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