With just under two months to go for cricket’s mega event, the announcement of Pakistan’s squad for world cup is in final phase. ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, will be staged in England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July.
Few days ago, Pakistan cricket bowling coach Azhar Mahmood has said that there are two places for bowlers, which remain to be picked for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 squad.
“There are still two spots in the bowling department which remain undecided, and the options are Usman Shinwari, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Abbas and Mohammad Hasnain. We need to pick two bowlers from this these guys so this is an opportunity for them to show their talent and make a place for themselves in the World Cup squad,” said Pakistan’s bowling coach Azhar Mahmood.
Praising his former teammate and Pakistan’s medium pacer Mohammad Abbas, Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif has said that Abbas should be included in the side’s ICC’s World Cup 2019 squad.
“Abbas was always a keen learner of the game, which has helped him in performing in Test cricket” he said, quoted local media.
“He should be part of the World Cup squad, as his bowling will benefit Pakistan in England.”
The fast bowler known around the cricketing world for his ability to swing the new ball was of the view that that the Pakistani cricket team should not introduce T20 bowlers straight into Test cricket, as the quality of bowing has gone down, he opined.
Asif at his prime was one of the best bowlers in the cricketing world, however, his international cricketing days came to an unfortunate halt after he was found involved in the infamous 2010 spot fixing scandal, alongside then Pakistan’s captain Salman Butt and fellow fast bowler Mohammad Amir.
Asif was also hopeful to grab a place into the fifth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL), scheduled to take place next year.
“I have continued my practice to keep myself fit for the next season. I have keenly followed the PSL this season, and hope to be a part of it next season,” he said.