Pakistan left out experienced but out-of-form pacer Mohammad Aamir from its 15-member World Cup squad while including teenage fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain in the line-up. Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq announced the squad and revealed Amir was been left out of Pakistan’s world cup squad but has been included in their squad for their pre-tournament series against England.
The 18-year-old seamer Mohammad Hasnain was preferred over Amir and Usman Khan Shinwari, because of his ability to click 150kph, according to Pakistan chief selector Inzamam ul Haq.
“We are hopeful and confident that Pakistan will give a good account of itself in the World Cup,” Inzamam said.
Senior batsman Mohammad Hafeez has also been included in the team after recovering from a thumb injury. “Doctors have advised him not to bowl or bat now but when his rehab is over he will be back in action in two weeks time,” he explained.
“This is more or less the side we have been playing since the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. I have absolute trust that this side has grown further in experience and stature since 2017. Supported by the flare, skill, talent, and killing-instinct, this side has the capability and potential to rise to the occasion and produce strong performances,” he added.
Pakistan squad for World Cup: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-Ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Hassan Ali, Abid Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Sohail.
The following is the Pakistan cricket team’s schedule of England:
April 23 – Departure for England
April 27 – v Kent (50-over practice match)
April 29 – v Northamptonshire (50-over match)
May 01 – v Leicestershire (T20 match – d/n)
May 05 – v England (only T20I), Cardiff
May 08 – 1st ODI v England, The Oval
May 11 – 2nd ODI v England, Hampshire
May 14 – 3rd ODI v England, Bristol
May 17 – 4th ODI v England, Trent Bridge
May 19 – 5th ODI v England, Leeds
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019:
May 24 – v Afghanistan (warm-up), Bristol
May 26 – v Bangladesh (warm-up), Cardiff
May 31 – v West Indies, Trent Bridge
June 03 – v England, Trent Bridge
June 07 – v Sri Lanka, Bristol
June 12 – v Australia, Taunton
June 16 – v India, Old Trafford
June 23 – v South Africa, Lord’s
June 26 – v New Zealand, Edgbaston
June 29 – v Afghanistan, Headingley
July 05 – v Bangladesh, Lord’s (d/n)