Pakistan’s experienced left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir and the hard-hitting batsman, Asif Ali are selected as additional players in the 17-man squad for England’s ODI series and the one-off T20I, while missed out on the 15-member World Cup squad.
Amir, who ran riot against India in the Champions Trophy final, failed to live up to his reputation in the past 14 games, where he took only 5 wickets at an average of 92.60. The lack of form has cost the left-arm pacer his place in the squad.
Instead, the young Muhammad Hasnain has been given a place in the World Cup squad and the chief selector believes he can be the strike bowler for the side.
“I think he [Hasnain] can win matches for the team at any time,” said Inzamam. “We have experienced bowlers like Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf and Junaid Khan who have similar kind of speed, then there is Hasnain with extra pace, who can damage any team and can be a surprise package for any side.”
On the other hand, Asif Ali has also been left out due to his inconsistent performance in international cricket.
However, changes can still be made in the World Cup squad before May 23.