News are circulating that, Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur, skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed and chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq have decided to include batsman Asif Ali and fast bowler Mohammad Amir in the squad for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup, reported Geo News.
It has been decided that to make way for these two, struggling all-rounder Faheem Ashraf and newly selected opener Abid Ali would be left out of the 15-member squad, which is set to be finalised before the May 23 deadline announced by the International Cricket Council.
The 27-year-old Asif Ali impressed with scores of 51 off 36 and 52 off 43 in the second and third ODIs during the ongoing series against England, essentially sealing his spot in the World Cup squad.
Mohammad Amir, meanwhile, is recovering from a suspected case of chicken pox and undergoing treatment in London. The pacer has been off-colour following his match-winning performance in the Champions Trophy 2017 final against India, managing only five wickets in his last 14 international games.
Amir’s case for inclusion in the World Cup, however, has been strengthened due to Pakistan’s dismal bowling performance in the ongoing series against England.
Both Asif Ali and Mohammad Amir were initially left out of Pakistan’s preliminary 15-man World Cup squad ahead of the England series.
Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has admitted that some players “are still in with a shout” in regards to the finalised World Cup squad.
Pakistan announced their World Cup team last month, but they are allowed to make changes without permission from the International Cricket Council (ICC) until May 23.
Currently, the players that weren’t picked and are vying for a spot are playing in the ongoing five-match ODI series against England.
“Although we have announced our World Cup squad, a couple of players are still in with a shout if they perform well in the upcoming matches,” said Inzamam.