Amir Would Have Been Wasim Akram’s First Choice For World Cup

Wasim Akram, the legendary Pakistani fast bowler, believes that Mohammad Amir could still find a late entry into the national team for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup for Men in England and Wales.

Since the Champions Trophy finals in 2017, Mohammad Amir has received on average only five one-day international wickets for an average of 92.60. And that lingering form of bad form cost the left arm its step in the Pakistani 15-man squad for the World Cup, which starts on May 30.

Despite the decline in shape, Amir found in Akram, the former left arm, a fast followers, who retired with 916 international doors. Akram even said that Amir would have been his first choice, thanks to his tendency to do well in England and Wales.

“We can not win Amir for the World Cup,” Akram told AFP. “Amir would have been my first choice for the World Cup, taking into account the English conditions in which he performs well.”

In eight ODIs in England, Amir has gotten nine gates, and although his average of 38.33 is not something to write about, his profitability ratio of under five suggests that it was difficult to get away with.

Akram acknowledged that Amir was not at his best, but supported the bowler to become better sooner rather than later.

“I’m confident he’ll be fine when his rhythm returns … he’s a good learner, so I hope things get better sooner than later, because Pakistan needs him.”

Amir will have the opportunity to make a final statement during the limited series against England, where Pakistan play host to five ODIs and also Twenty20 International. The series starts on Sunday, May 5th, with a T20I in Cardiff.

Updated: May 2, 2019 — 1:26 pm

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