Hours after being dropped from the Pakistan World Cup squad, fast bowler Junaid Khan took a dig at the country’s cricket board by tweeting a picture of himself with his lips covered in black tape and stating ‘truth is bitter.’ However, the 29-year-old cricketer later deleted his tweet.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday selected Wahab Riaz ahead of Junaid in the 15-member World Cup squad.
The selection of Riaz has raised eyebrows as he hasn’t played international cricket in almost two years. Wahab’s last ODI appearance was against arch-rival India in the Champions Trophy held in England on June 4, 2017.
I dont want to say anything. Truth is bitter. (Sach karwa hotha hai) pic.twitter.com/BsWRzu0Xbh
— Junaid khan 83 (@JunaidkhanREAL) 20 May 2019
Junaid was part of the Pakistan squad in the recently-concluded five-match ODI series. Similar to most Pakistani bowlers, Junaid too was dominated by the English batsmen.
Out of the five matches, the 29-year-old featured in two ODIs in which he managed to pick just two wickets. His economy rate was 7.88 runs per over. In the fourth ODI, he was the most expensive amongst the Pakistani bowlers as he gave away 85 runs in his 10 overs quota.
Pakistan on Monday made three changes to their initial World Cup squad with batsman Asif Ali joining seamers Mohammad Amir and Riaz into the 15-man squad. Abid Ali, Junaid Khan, and Faheem Ashraf have made way for the trio to come in.
Teams have the option to revise their provisional World Cup squads before May 23 but Pakistan have wasted little time to make the alterations following a 0-4 ODI series loss to England.