The chief selector of Pakistan cricket team Inzamam-ul-Haq revealed that Imad Wasim, despite suffering from fitness issues, has been included in Pakistan’s World Cup squad following his recent performances in ODIs with the bat.
Imad, 30, has played 11 matches in last 12 months and proved himself with the bat coming down the batting order. With an average of 93.66, the left-handed batsman has scored 281 runs in 11 matches which made him a strong prospect for the upcoming edition of the World Cup, slated to start from May 30 in England and Wales.
“Imad failed to clear the fitness test as he managed to achieve just 17 points in the fitness test. But still, we are considering him because we think that he will adjust in English conditions with quite an ease,” said the former cricketer while adding that the team management is working with Imad to prepare him strongly for the multi-nation tournament.
Inzamam said that fitness still remained their top priority before naming the squad for an all-important event. “For the last couple of years, we have set high fielding standards which helped us improve our performance. I assure you that these players are fit enough to compete strongly in an event like the World Cup,” he said.
On the other hand, veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez’s participation in the World Cup and the series against England will depend upon his fitness.
The green shirts will start their 2.5-month long tour in England facing the home side in a T20I on May 5. Both teams will play five-match ODI series starting from May 8. Pakistan will play their first match in the World Cup against West Indies on May 31 at Trent Bridge.