With the Cricket World Cup around the corner the good news are coming in for Pakistan. First Shadab Khan was declared fit to play the World Cup and now Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir has recovered from chickenpox infection, after the he was declared fit by the medical staff.
According to Daily Express, Amir, whose minor infection had turned into chickenpox few days back, is back in Pakistan’s World Cup hopes. Doctors have advised against putting Amir in the thick of things, soon after recovering from the infection.
Mickey Arthur on Sunday said that the left-arm quick Mohammad Amir, recently sidelined with chicken pox, could yet make it into Pakistan’s final 15-man squad for the World Cup.
“Mohammad Amir trained yesterday (Saturday). He had 25 minutes on a bike and a gym session. He had another one today so if selected he’d be ready to go.”
“In terms of selection, Inzi (Pakistan selection chief Inzamam-ul-Haq) and I will talk tomorrow (Monday) to finalise our squad. We’ve got until May 23 to get our team in”, said Arthur.
Amir was left out of Pakistan’s preliminary 15-man squad. He, however, was made a part of the group of 17 which came to England to play limited-overs series against the hosts in run up to the World Cup.
Since teams are allowed to change their lineups until May 23 by the ICC, Amir, despite picking only five wickets in 101 overs since the Champions Trophy final in 2017, remains an integral part of Pakistan’s plans for the showpiece event because of his ability to keep a lid on the flow of runs, as explained by the team management and the selection committee.
Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur also insisted his side would benefit from a 4-0 one-day series defeat by World Cup hosts England when the showpiece tournament starts later this month.
Arthur insisted he was in a much better mood now than he had been after Pakistan suffered a humiliating 124 run-opening defeat on the Duckworth/Lewis method by India in Birmingham at the 2017 Champions Trophy — an ODI tournament they bounced back to win by defeating their arch-rivals in the final.
“We were beaten hands down at Edgbaston that day and I didn t really know where to turn because there wasn t a hell of a lot of positives out of that day,” said Arthur.
“We sit here having taken a huge amount of positives out of this series. I thought our batting has gone to another level. People, coming to England, said we were a 280 team. We ve dispelled that, that s given our batting unit a massive amount of confidence in the dressing room.”
Moreover, Arthur was adamant the series against World Cup favourites England would help Pakistan.
“The other thing is we’ve played against a team who are number one in the world in their own conditions. I know there’s not too many teams who will arrive in England as prepared as we are in terms of the competition we’ve played against and match-fitness,” explained Arthur, previously a coach of both his native South Africa and Australia.
“All I know is the players are very determined to do well. Every time they go out there they play for 210 million people. We ll be ready — come the first game against the West Indies, we ll be ready. I m as confident we ll do well as I ve ever been.”